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Biggest solar plant in Northeast begins power generation

Northeast India’s biggest solar power plant has generated optimum power on February 8, after five days of commissioning. The plant is situated at Monarchak in Tripura and is run by the Northeast Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO).

“The 5 MW solar plant that was commissioned on February 2 would be feeding to the grid of Tripura State Electricity Corporation Ltd (TSECL) at the cost of Rs 7 per unit,” said Monarchak project head S R Biswas.According to him, NEEPCO, 

under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), is embarking a plan to generate at least 1500 MW power from non-conventional sources of energy, especially by tapping solar power and wind in the region by 2020.

NEEPCO has invested Rs 40 crore into the project, including an additional 10 hectare plot of land where upcoming 101 MW gas-based thermal power project had been launched in 2001.