As part of India’s target to achieve 40 Giga Watts (GW) of rooftop photovoltaics (PV) by 2022, the state-owned gas utility, Gas India Limited has said in a statement today that it has installed India’s second largest roof top solar PV power plant at its Petrochemical Complex at Pata, Uttar Pradesh.
The solar power plant
- The 5.76 MWp solar energy plant is spread over the roof of warehouses covering a total roof area of 65,000 sq meters.
- “With an expected PLF [Peak Load Factor] of around 15 per cent annually, over 79 lakh… units of electricity is targeted to be generated for captive use of India’s largest gas-based petrochemicals plant,” the statement by the firm said, as per PTI.
- GAIL Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi added that the company, as a marketer of benign natural gas, is thrilled to integrate captive solar PV towards achieving lower carbon footprint at its installations.
- This captive solar power initiative of GAIL will reduce carbon emissions by 6,300 tonnes per annum and help India achieve climate goals, claims the gas company.
- This initiative is part of India’s target of having 175 GW of non-hydro renewable capacity by 2022. This total target includes 60 GW of onshore wind, 60 GW of utility-scale solar, 10 GW of bio-energy, 5 GW of small hydro and 40 GW of rooftop solar energy.
Gas (India) Limited is the largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company in India.
Headquartered in New Delhi.