Amp Energy inaugurates solar power plant at Pondicherry University

Amp Energy India, a subsidiary of Amp Energy, Toronto, Canada, has launched a 2.4 megawatt (MW) solar power plant at Pondicherry University.

According to the company’s media statement, the project is one of the largest solar power plants at a central university in the country. It is spread over 15 buildings, 2 car parks and 2 land parcels in the university campus. according to a statement.

Further, the plant will also be instrumental in supplying solar energy to meet about 40 percent of the university’s energy needs.

The statement said that the vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu had inaugurated the plant in the presence of the Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan, Lt Governor of Puducherry and chief rector of Pondicherry University, N Rangasamy, Chief Minister of Puducherry, and Professor Gurmeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University.

By adopting solar power, Pondicherry University will benefit from reduced energy costs and will contribute to reducing emissions of around 2,900 tons of CO2 every year, the statement said.

The project has been developed under the 97.5 MW rooftop scheme by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). Pondicherry University and Amp Energy India have signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) under this scheme for procurement of solar power for 25 years.

Commenting on the commissioning of the project, Pinaki Bhattacharyya, MD and CEO of Amp Energy India, said “Amp’s solar project for Pondicherry University is one of the leading projects for a central university in India. We believe public universities can play a key role in providing a critical voice by adopting renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions which is a step in the right direction. We would like to thank MNRE, SECI for creating such opportunities and Pondicherry University for their progressive outlook towards renewable energy adoption.”

The company has commissioned solar projects for School of Planning and Architecture, National Law University, Bhopal and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior, among others. An independent solar power developer Amp Energy India with its diversified portfolio of projects has developed large rooftop projects, including for L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Ltd (7.8MW), Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery (10.5MW), and the largest solar rooftop for an industrial customer for Skoda Auto Volkswagen India (18.5MW).

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