Jaipur-based SunAlpha Energy has commissioned India’s largest 2 megawatts (MW) solar plant under the PM-KUSUM (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan) Scheme in Rajasthan.
The scheme is aimed at ensuring energy security for farmers in India, along with honouring the country’s commitment to increase the share of installed capacity of electric power from non-fossil-fuel sources to 40 percent by 2030 as part of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).
According to the company statement, the investors of this plant, SAP Energy, has engaged SunAlpha for a total of 5MW projects where it will be responsible for the design and construction expertise in-ground mount solar power plants and power transmission.
Power Purchase Agreements have been signed with Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited for sale to the grid for a minimum period of 25 years. The nodal agency for the plant execution is Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL).
“This is a matter of huge pride for all the farmers of this barren and unproductive land on which this Solar Power plant has been established under KUSUM Scheme. Through this plant, they are trying to increase and produce some other sources of income. In the Budget of 2019-20, our state government had decided to install Solar Power Plants of 2600 MW under this scheme,” said Bulaki Das Kalla, the state’s energy minister.
Raghav Mittal, co-founder and chief executive officer of SunAlpha Energy, said that this would not only provide farmers a new source of income but also generate local employment and develop the local economy as uncultivable land shall be monetised.