The proposed Solar panel project at the upcoming Samruddhi Mahamarg, also known as Mumbai-Nagpur super communication expressway can light up nearly 1.60 lakh homes every day. This project will make the expressway a green corridor, said Chandrakant Pulkundwar, joint managing director, MSRDC, on Wednesday, while speaking to FPJ.
The solar panel project will cost nearly Rs 700 crore and the life of the said project will be for the next 25 years. According to the officer, in the initial 10 years, the project cost will be paid back and after that it will start earning revenue through it. The project is part of augmentation of Samruddhi Mahamarg revenue stream, said Pulkundwar.
He said, “An agreement will be signed with the Maharashtra state electricity distribution company Ltd. The electricity that will be generated through these solar panels will be connected directly to the electric grid of the said distributor and sold out.”
As per the initial plan in Phase 1, the MSRDC intends to set up solar panels at seven interchanges, out of 25, along the corridor. The seven spots are Virul, Dhamangoan and Shivni at Amravati, Gavner at Talegoan, Karanj and Malegoan at Washim, Mehekar at Buldhana, Kokamthan Ahmednagar. A total of 161 megawatts of electricity on a daily basis will be generated from these locations.
“The interchanges on the expressway have been selected as there is huge space available to set up the solar panels. In fact, each selected interchange area is more than 40 acres. Once the project is complete, it can light up lakhs of homes; besides fulfilling the power demand at the expressway,” said Pulkundwar.
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