Rooftop solar comes online at major Indian petrochemical plant

Indian state-run gas utility GAIL India Ltd has commissioned what it said was the country’s second-largest rooftop solar PV system.

The 5.76 MWp system is installed at GAIL’s petrochemical complex in Pata, Uttar Pradesh.

With PV panels spread across the roofs of warehouses and covering a total roof area of 65,000 square metres, the installation is planned to supply power for the facility, which GAIL said is India’s largest gas-based petrochemicals plant.

The system is expected to have a plant utilization factor (PLF) of 15 per cent and to generate more than 7.9 GWh per year.

It is also expected to reduce the site’s carbon emissions by 6300 tonnes per year and, GAIL said, will help India to achieve its COP21 climate goals.

In addition, the company said its project was accomplished under the auspices of the ‘Make in India’ programme, with the solar system manufactured, supplied and installed by Indian vendors.

Shri B C Tripathi, GAIL’s chair and managing director, said: “GAIL as a marketer of benign natural gas is thrilled to integrate captive solar PV towards achieving lower carbon footprint at our major installation”.

India has targeted the installation of 40 GW of rooftop solar PV by 2022.

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