SunSource Energy and SHV Energy together, has commissioned the first phase of its 45-megawatt (MW) open-access project in Shivala Kalan village of Uttar Pradesh. According to the official press release, once fully commissioned, the project will be one of the largest open-access solar power projects in the state.
“The setting up of the project is in alignment with our long-term commitment to the country. As one of the largest open-access solar projects in Uttar Pradesh, this plant will be a major step forward for the state’s industries, looking for clean power to support their existing and future operations,” said Bram Graber, chief executive officer (CEO), SHV Energy.
According to the release, the 45 MW project is spread over 164 acres of land and utilises transmission lines of 40 km to connect to the grid. The first phase has been built across 64 acres of land and connects to the state grid through a 16-km transmission line.
“We are excited to begin the first phase of this project, which will support Uttar Pradesh’s growth ambitions sustainably. I would like to thank the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the local communities for their support and cooperation in helping us commission this key project,” said Adarsh Das, co-founder and CEO, SunSource Energy.
The release said that the land used for this project was leased from multiple local owners, creating a steady cash flow stream to the local communities for more than two decades without displacing their existing source of income or changing land ownership patterns.
“With the commissioning of the first phase, SunSource will supply clean and reliable power via the state’s power grid to leading corporations in the state, including Taj Hotels and a Coca-Cola bottling plant. The project will offset over 1,500 million kilograms of CO2 emission over its technical lifetime,” it added. Uttar Pradesh accounts for 10th of the country’s overall power demand and during the last decade, its peak electricity demand has more than doubled and is expected to grow significantly in the coming years, according to the press release.