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BALANGIR EMERGES AS STATE’S SOLAR POWER HUB Monday, 23 February 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

BALANGIR EMERGES AS STATE’S SOLAR POWER HUB
Monday, 23 February 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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The backward, poverty- hit Balangir district has emerged as a major solar power generating centre with as many as three solar power plants with a capacity of total 11MW already going functional.
Odisha’s first solar power plant came up in 2010 at Saidepali set up by Rajratna Energy Limited, Hyderabad and the solar power plant sells its power to the Gridco. After this, Aftaab Solar Power Private Limited set up another unit in the district which has been selling power to a NTPC Grid since 2012.
The third solar power plant of 5MW capacity has come up at Chingerbandh village in Patnagarh block. Moreover, yet another 25MW solar power plant is scheduled to come up at Murshundi village under Deogaon block.
Around 68,000 solar panels have been installed here which have been imported from Germany. The power panels have been designed in such a way that they give optimum production in a day when the temperature is 25 degree Celsius. Beyond this temperature, it affects the solar power panels and their production.
The major problem of the solar power plant is cloudy days. In a year, we are finding cloudy days from three to four months. Besides, disturbance in power grid is also a major problem, points out an official here, adding that the rainy days also affect power production.
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