Largest solar power plant of Indian Navy commissioned in Kerala
It has been commissioned at Ezhimala, in Kannur district of Kerala
The Indian Navy's largest solar power plant has been commissioned at Ezhimala, located near Payyanur, in Kannur district of Kerala. Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla in the presence of various other Indian Navy officials, commissioned the 3 MW solar power plant at Indian Naval Academy yesterday via virtual conferencing. This is in line with the Govt of India initiative of ‘National Solar Mission’ to achieve 100GW of solar power by 2022.
Informing about the development the Ministry of Defense said, "The solar plant is the largest in the Indian Navy and has an estimated life of 25 years. All components have been indigenously sourced, including 9180 highly efficient monocrystalline solar panels employing the latest technology. The project has been executed by Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (KELTRON)."
The plant project will help Naval Station Ezhimala in reducing the carbon footprint and is one of the many initiatives undertaken by INA towards a clean and green environment. Surplus power generated will also feed the KSEB electricity grid.
Despite heavy monsoons and restrictions due to COVID-19, all concerned agencies including Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) continued work on the project adhering to all guidelines or protocols against COVID-19 and executed the work in a time bound manner.