Solar power facility for Konark Gujarat PV Power Pvt. Ltd., Gujarat, India

5 MW capacity solar PV power plant

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Date of Commissioning - 18.01.2012

  • INSTALLATION

  • Owner

    Konark Gujarat PV Power Pvt. Ltd., Gujarat

  • Project

    5 MW

  • Location

    Shivalakha, Gujarat

  • Module Type

    Polycrystalline - 220-245Wp

  • Connection Type

    Grid connected

  • Installer

    Vikram Solar Pvt. Ltd.

  • TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Rated System Power

    5 MW

  • Number of Modules

    24.432

  • Space Coverage

    27 Acres

  • Inverter

    Solar Grid Connected Inverter: 10 nos.

  • Coordinates

    Latitude: 23˚22'01.07" N;
    Longitude: 70˚37'37.83" E

  • Annual Energy Yield

    9,606,292 kWh

  • Number of Avg. Homes Powered

    1250

  • CO2 savings per Annum (approx.)

    7,685,033.6 kgs/yr

Background

Vikram Solar was commissioned to manufacture and supply high quality Solar PV modules to the 5 megawatt solar power plant set up by Konark Gujarat PV Pvt. Ltd. at Bachchau in Gujarat, India. The EPC contract for this project was also given to Vikram Solar along with the responsibility to oversee the operations and maintenance of the facility.

Challenges

It was imperative that the developer would have to pay equal attention to the selection of the balance of system components, ensure design optimisation and select the right EPC contractors to ensure build quality and high plant uptimes.

Planning & Execution

The 5 MW Konark Gujarat solar power plant commissioned by Vikram Solar generated 9361 MWh of solar power during the first year giving a per megawatt output of 1872 MWh and Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF) of 21.3%. The plant was set up using polycrystalline silicon modules manufactured by Vikram Solar and the design used fixed tilt of the modules structure. The solar power generated from this facility is sold to the Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

Results

"Sunrise in Gujarat", a report by RESolve Energy Consultants, Chennai, established that the 5 MW solar power plant set up by Konark Gujarat PV Pvt. Ltd. whose modules were manufactured and supplied by Vikram Solar, ranked first amongst 50 solar power plants set up in Gujarat in the same year. A total of 50 plants aggregating 665.64 MW were ranked based on their annual yield (MWh/MW) in this research report. Ranking of the power plants had been done on the basis of Plant Load Factor (PLF) or Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF). This has been one of the greatest milestones in Vikram Solar’s history of success and excellence.