Solar at Kolar – a great first step

Today’s Deccan Herald had a piece of news that I was happy to read: State’s first solar power plant in Kolar

The State is all set to establish itself as a pioneer in solar power generation with the commissioning of a solar power plant near Kolar on June 17.

Apart from the three megawatts (MW) grid-operated solar power plant to be set up by Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL), two more projects are nearing completion in Belgaum and Raichur.

Almost a hundred years ago, Karnataka created history by becoming the first State in the country to generate electricity. Now, it has achieved another milestone by becoming the first State to produce solar energy, much before the implementation of National Solar Mission by the Union Ministry for Renewable Energy.

KPCL’s solar power plant at Kolar alone can save 4,500 metric tonnes of carbon emission as well as can earn upto Rs 35 lakh through carbon credits.

We need more initiatives like this and for more states to do what Karnataka is doing. Bravo KPCL.

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