New Delhi: It is Mizoram's moment under the sun! The northeastern state has carved a place for itself in the solar energy map of India as it has commissioned its first solar power plant at Tlungvel. Mizoram's first grid-connected 2-megawatt solar photovoltaic (SPV) plant was inaugurated by the state's Power Minister R Lalzirliana on December 4. The state's first solar power plant has been built at a cost of Rs 14 crore and is located at Tlungvel in Aizawl district.
Speaking on the occasion, Lalzirliana said that with the commissioning of the 2 MW solar PV power plant, Mizoram has placed itself on the solar map of the country and it was a proud moment for the state. He added that solar power plants 20 MW and 5 MW capacity are under construction at Vankal in Khawzawl district and near Saitual town.
The minister said that besides solar energy, the hydroelectric potential of the state must also be harnessed. "Besides solar energy, the hydro electric potential of the state must be harnessed to produce more power so that the vision of the government with respect to self sufficiency in power and energy can become a reality," he said.
An official of the Power and Electricity Department said that the 2 MW solar PV plant in Mizoram is expected to generate 3 million units (MU) of electricity and Rs 169 lakh in revenue annually. The plant is spread over an area of five acres and has 5,340 solar modules. It will reduce Mizoram's power bill since the state is no self-sufficient in meeting its power demand and purchases electricity from other states. An official of the Power and Electricity Department, work on the newly-commissioned solar power plant started in August 2018 and was completed for trial in November this year.
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