Reliance Power (RPower) on Friday announced that its photovoltaic solar power plant in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan has started commercial operations to provide electricity to thousands of households and businesses in Maharashtra, agency reported. The $ 147.5 million Dahanu plant, near the village of Dhursar in the Jaisalmer district, is one of the largest such units in the country.
The plant is located 180 km in the West of Jodhpur, and has one of the highest levels of solar irradiation in India. Under the power purchase agreement, the entire power generated by this plant would be supplied to Maharashtra.
"Reliance Power's Dahanu solar plant in Rajasthan has been connected with the national grid and started supplying power," Director of the Asian DevelopmentBank's (ADB) Private Sector Operations Department, Michael Barrow, said.
The 40 MW plant is expected to produce more than 60 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year, which is enough to light up more than 70,000 averagehouseholds, avoiding more than 60,000 metric tons of harmful carbon dioxide emissions per year.
ADB has provided $ 48 million loan for this project. Apart from that, it is also lending $ 103 million to Reliance Power to help build the Rajasthan Concentrating Solar Power Project, which will be located adjacent to the Dahanu plant.
The Dahanu plant is part of ADB's goal of developing, financing, or commissioning 3,000 MW of solar energy generation capacity in Asia by May 2013. ADB's Asia Solar Energy Initiative is aimed at helping to ensure that the region's demand for energy is met in a way that is environmentally sustainable.