1 MW (AC) Solar power plant energized by CEL in a border village of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
The company has received an order for design, engineering, supply, installation, commissioning and O&M for 5 years for 1MW (AC) Solar Power Plant from SJVN Limited, a Mini Ratna & Schedule 'A' CPSU under the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India, is a joint venture between the Govt. of India & Govt. of Himachal Pradesh.
Shri Bholanath Sarkar, Chairman and Managing Director of Central Electronics Limited appreciated the dedication and the efforts of CEL’s engineers and officers in achieving the energization of the 1 MW (AC) Solar Power Plant during the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
Manoj Sharma PROS, CEL informed that the work at this location has been a challenge right from the beginning of the project. The plant site is located 3km down from Naini on the NH-5 on tabular land in a valley just above the river Satluj. Transportation of manpower and material was quite challenging due to serpentine rough road, harsh weather conditions and frequent road blockages on NH-5 and nearby roads due to landslides, road expansion works and other reasons. The engineers braved high speed chilling winds during the winter. Snowfall and heavy rains also hampered the progress of work. The lockdown during the COVID-19 also stopped the work but as soon as restrictions were lifted work started again. The company’s team of engineers worked late hours to ultimately complete the energization of the ground mounted solar power plant in presence of officials of SJVN Ltd. and supplied the power to the 22kV grid. This evacuation of solar PV power to the high voltage 22kV grid is a daunting task, a first in CEL’s installation history and a feather in the cap of CEL.
CEL has done solar power plant installation works in many treacherous Himalayan regions including Leh and Ladakh in the past and its engineers are highly qualified and experienced in the solar PV installations.