New Delhi: Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command commissioned Indian Navy’s largest three MW Solar Power Plant at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala on July 22, via virtual conferencing in line with government’s initiative of ‘National Solar Mission’ to achieve 100 GW of solar power by 2022.
The solar plant is the largest in the Indian Navy and has an estimated life of 25 years. All components have been indigenously sourced, including 9180 highly efficient monocrystalline solar panels employing the latest technology. The project has been executed by Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (KELTRON).
Despite heavy monsoons and restrictions due to COVID-19, all concerned agencies including Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) continued work on the project adhering to all guidelines and protocols against COVID-19 and executed the work in a time-bound manner.
The Solar Power Plant project will help Naval Station Ezhimala in reducing the carbon footprint, and is one of the many initiatives undertaken by Indian Navy towards a clean and green environment. Surplus power generated will also feed the KSEB electricity grid.