Commissions a rooftop solar PV project for GAIL
Thermax has commissioned a rooftop solar PV power plant for Gail (India) Limited (GAIL) at its petrochemical complex in Pata, Uttar Pradesh. The 5.76 MW plant, second largest in India, is spread over two warehouse roofs measuring 500 m x 65 m each, and will generate 79,30,000 units of electricity per annum for GAIL’s captive use.
Thermax was awarded the contract in January 2017 to set up the plant on a turnkey basis as well as manage its operations and maintenance for four years. Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) was the project consultant.
For the project, Thermax used 18,300 modules of 315 Wp (watt peak) with advanced Polycrystalline technology. Adequate measures to ensure safety have been taken.
The plant is equipped with central inverters and a SCADA based tracking system monitors the various aspects of generation and operations. It’s expected to reduce GAIL’s carbon dioxide emission by 6000 tons per annum.
Projects like GAIL’s, hopefully, should encourage industries to tap into the latent potential of rooftops in meeting the ambitious renewable energy target that India has set for itself.