As part of the `Green Port Initiatives’ of the ministry of shipping, VO Chidambaranar Port at Tuticorin has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Solar Energy Corporation of India to set up a 5MW direct grid-connected solar power plant at the port premises.
The MoU was recently signed by the chairman of the port trust, S Anantha Chandra Bose, and managing director of Solar Energy Corporation of India, Ashvini Kumar, in the presence of the secretary to Government of India, ministry of new & renewable energy , Upendra Tripathy . The plant will be established under power purchase mode, port trust sources said.
The plant, which will be set up at an estimated cost of `30 crore, is expected to be completed by March 2017. The expected annual power generation from the plant will be 7.5 million units per year. Reduction of carbon emissions by the project will be 8,025 metric tonnes per year, making it an environmental milestone since the plant will be generating electricity without polluting the environment. The power generated by the plant will be fully utilised by the port trust.
dinathanthi newspaper 28/08/2016 : http://www.dinathanthiepaper.in/firstpage.aspx