Neemrana venture India’s pioneering Smart Micro Grid project
Billed as one of India’s pioneering Smart Micro Grid enterprises, the 6 MW Solar Power Project at Neemrana in Rajasthan, conceived and executed by the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Ltd (DMICDC) in collaboration with the Japanese government, will be fully operational soon, feeding high quality, stable and renewable green power to industrial consumers in Neemrana Industrial Park.
The Model Solar Power Project, a 100 per cent subsidiary of the DMICDC, is a pioneering initiative that demonstrates the integration of stable solar power with industrial diesel generator sets (as the backup facility). A major benefit of the project is the production of green power while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by cutting down diesel consumption.
The successfully commissioning of the project, based on the cutting-edge thin film technology, has resulted in the supply of 5 MW solar power to the 220 KV GSS Neemrana State Grid while 1 MW would be integrated with smart micro grid to provide power to the Japanese company (M/s MIKUNI India Pvt. Ltd).
The model project consists of the development of 6MW Solar PV and 2 MW diesel generator set integrated with a Smart Micro Grid. It is being implemented in partnership with New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Government of Japan wherein the solar panels and equipment have been procured from top Japanese companies like Hitachi, Kyocera, Sharp, Solar Frontier and Kaneka.
The project was kick-started by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among NEDO, Japan; Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance; Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE); and DMICDC Ltd.
A salient feature of the project is that it demonstrates three different types of thin film technology (Solar Frontier, Sharp and Kaneka) brought from Japan.
The grid synchronization of the solar power plant has been completed and feeding of power to the grid has already commenced. A Commissioning Certificate was issued by NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd. (NVVN). Underground transmission line of 1.8 km was laid from the solar power plant to the 220KV grid sub-station at Neemrana after obtaining the permission from different government agencies like GAIL, HPCL, RIICO and DISCOM.
The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) has been executed with NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVNL).
The Neemrana project is expected to give a fillip to the large-scale use of solar power and smart micro grid technology and promote its replication in other industrial areas, which will help inreducing the carbon footprint by combining solar power with diesel generator besides promoting manufacture of solar panels and other equipment facilities.
One of the most ambitious infrastructure projects of the world, the Indian government is developing the 100-billion- dollar DMIC project as a global manufacturing and investment destination with the 1483-km- long western dedicated freight corridor as the backbone. In Neemrana, more than 40 Japanese companies have already set up businesses in the industrial zone.