India’s Largest Solar-Battery Project Opened

  • The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has commissioned India’s largest Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), storing energy using solar energy. 
  • The 40 megawatts / 120MWh BESS, located in Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh, has an installed capacity of 152.325 MWh and a dispatchable capacity of 100MW AC. 
  • The energy will be purchased by the state of Chhattisgarh, contributing to meeting the state’s peak energy demand using green electrons and meeting its renewable purchase obligations. 
  • The project uses bifacial modules, reflecting light from the ground, to generate more electricity than monofacial modules. 
  • The project uses 451 acres of wasteland across 9 villages in Tehsil Dongargarh and Dongargaon, District Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh, through a tripartite land-use permission agreement. 
  • The project ensures overall power stability and reliability through a 132 kV double-circuit double-string transmission line to Chhattisgarh State Power Transmission Company Limited’s 220/132 kV Thelkadih substation. 
  • The project is estimated to save tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually. 
  • The project has been funded by the World Bank and Clean Technology Fund under the Innovation in Solar Power & Hybrid Technologies Project, and leveraged financing from domestic lending agencies.
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