50 MW PPP based solar power project was commissioned in Baramati, Maharashtra. This is a public-private-partnership between Welspun Energy (WEPL) and mahagenco and is the first solar plant India established under public-private-partnership.
On November 26, this 50 Megawatt solar power plant was added to the Maharashtra's grid by Mahagenco, the state-run power generation company which had construction of the plant only on July 13, 2014.
"The plant which is based in Shirsuphal, Baramati (Pune) is the first solar plant India has established under public-private-partnership. Moreover, it was set up in record 4.5 months," said a top official of the Mahagenco. In the phase 1 of the two-phase project the plant will generate 83 million units of power every year.
Welspun Energy (WEPL) set up the 50 MW project in two phases. Phase-I will include setting up of 36 MW, which came up on 74.74 ha of government land, while the balance 14 MW capacity was installed after the balance 29.97 ha land was acquired for the project.
WEPL invested about 60 per cent of the project cost and will be fully responsible for part- finance, design, and commissioning of this grid interactive solar power plant.
The state already has a 125 MW solar power plant in Dhule and 5 MW at Chandrapur. The addition of the Baramati plant has taken the total solar power production in the state to 180 MW, which is 1.58% of the total current power generation in the state (11,367 MW).