Adani Green Energy Limited announced that its Kamuthi solar plant in Tamil Nadu has become water positive. This 648 MW project is the flagship project of Adani Green Energy Ltd. It has become the first plant of its class to turn water positive.
Explaining the the terminology ‘water positive’ the AGEL officials said, that a plant becomes water positive when it harvests and recycles more water than what it consumes.
DNV, an independent global assessment and certification agency, has issued the certification to AGEL following a rigorous audit conducted on the plant’s water management in 2020-21.
The 648 MW, Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu is one of the World’s largest single location solar power project was commissioned by the Adani Group at Kamuthi, in Tamil Nadu, with an investment of around INR 45.5 billion. It spans a vast area of 2,500 acres, equivalent to about 950 Olympic-sized football fields. The massive plant comprises 2.5 million solar modules, 380,00 foundations, 30,000 tonnes of structure, 6000 km of cables, 576 inverters and 154 transformers. The entire facility was completed within a record eight months by nearly 8,500 dedicated personnel who worked day and night to set up this 648 MW clean energy plant. The Kamuthi plant is now fully operational and connected with the 400 kV substation of Tantransco, powering 265,000 homes in a suitable manner.
According to the DNV certification, the plant created a water credit of 52,982 m3 (cubic metre) which is more than its water consumption for the year 2020-21. AGEL — the world’s largest solar power developer — has portfolio of over 14,815 MW of projects at various stages of development.
To make the plant water positive, the company created higher water credit by desilting of community ponds and development of additional rainwater harvesting potential in the neighbouring villages of Sengappadai, Pudukottai and Thathakulam.
AGEL is aiming to be in the top 10 companies of the world in ESG Benchmarking of Electric Utility Companies by 2022.
AGEL spokesperson said “This initiative has resulted in substantial increase in the storage capacity of water bodies. Besides the intervention on the grounds, we also introduced robotic solar modules cleaning technology to reduce water usage to a significant extent,”.