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Tangedco to set up solar power plants across TN, report awaited

- June 11, 2022

Chennai, June 11 (BPNS)

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company (Tangedco) is in the process of producing 20000 MW of solar power in the state in ten years’ time to reduce the dependence on Coal-based power plants. The power utility has already commissioned a private technical consultancy firm to produce a project report within 4 months on the same.

The technical firm AECOM India has already commenced studies on the land available, locations for substations, transformers, transmission lines, and batteries for storage of power.

Sources in Tangedco told BPNS that initially power plants with 4000 MW capacity with storage facilities will be installed. The department is however planning for a drastic shift into solar power in the next ten years to reduce the dependence on Coal-based power as calls against pollution of environment are on the rise.

Tamil Nadu power minister, Senthil Balaji has already cleared the proposal of Tangedco at a policy level for shifting to solar power which, according to sources in the power utility has the blessings of Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin.

The state has been vocal for green energy and of late with the shortage of coal leading to a crisis in the power sector, the government had called a high-level meeting of technocrats, power engineers, environmental engineers, political leaders, and bureaucrats, and conducted a brainstorming session on the shift into solar energy.

The present move of Tangedco to appoint a technical consultant for the feasibility study and scouting location is the outcome of this meeting held recently. Tangedco has also communicated to the respective district collectors to arrange land parcels for the upcoming solar projects.

With AMECO India already commencing studies and scouting locations for installing transformers and transmission lines, the shifting to solar power from traditional power in  Tamil Nadu has gained momentum.

A senior official with Tangedco while speaking to BPNS said, “ The shifting to solar power is the need of the hour and we have chalked out a project of shifting into the solar energy in a period of ten years. According to this proposal, 20000 MW of solar energy will be used in the next ten years instead of coal-based power but this will be done in s steps.”