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India Unveils Largest Solar-Battery Project, Pioneering Renewable Energy Innovation

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has commissioned India’s largest solar-battery energy storage system (BESS) in Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh.

Project Highlights

  • Capacity: 40 MW / 120 MWh BESS
  • Solar PV Plant Capacity: 152.325 MW
  • Dispatchable Capacity: 100 MW AC (155.02 MW peak DC)
  • Beneficiary: State of Chhattisgarh

Project Significance

  • First-of-its-kind: This large-scale integration of solar and battery storage represents a pioneering leap in renewable energy generation and utilization in India.
  • Peak Power Management: The project addresses peak energy demand by storing solar energy during the day and releasing it during evening hours, ensuring grid stability and reliability.
  • Environmental Benefits: By utilizing renewable energy sources and adopting sustainable land-use practices, the project contributes significantly to reducing carbon emissions and promoting environmental responsibility.
  • Economic Viability: The project’s long-term power purchase agreement with the state electricity distribution company ensures economic sustainability and paves the way for future renewable energy endeavors.

Project Features

  • Innovative Technology: The project incorporates bifacial solar modules, generating more electricity compared to traditional models.
  • Land Utilization: The project demonstrates responsible land use by repurposing previously unused land through a collaborative agreement with the Chhattisgarh government.
  • Grid Integration: Seamless integration into the existing power grid is ensured through a dedicated 132 kV transmission line.
  • Financial Collaboration: The project is a testament to successful collaboration, receiving funding from the World Bank, Clean Technology Fund, and domestic lending agencies.

Looking Ahead

The successful commissioning of this project is expected to have a widespread positive impact:

  • Advancing renewable energy adoption in India and globally.
  • Promoting responsible and sustainable practices in the development of future energy projects.
  • Inspiring further innovation in the renewable energy sector.

This project serves as a beacon of hope for a sustainable future, demonstrating the immense potential of renewable energy to meet growing energy demands while safeguarding the environment.

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