Mahindra EPC, the Engineering Procurement and Construction arm of the Mahindra Group, has successfully installed its first diesel generator and solar photovoltaic (DG-PV) hybrid solution at Mahindra's engine factory at Igatpuri. This system has India's highest solar to diesel capacity ratio of over 80%.
The DG-PV hybrid installation comprises of a 66kW solar plant connected to an 82.5 kVA diesel generator using MACX™, Mahindra EPC's proprietary advanced controller unit. MACX™ maximizes solar utilization while ensuring complete power system stability and substantial reduction in diesel consumption. This intelligent solution efficiently integrates a PV system with existing and new diesel generator sets. The plant is remotely monitored and controlled, using the proprietary Mahindra Machine Pulse solar PV monitoring and control solution that ensures highest plant uptime and precise reporting.
Mahindra EPC's DG-PV hybrid provides significant benefit to power intensive industries and commercial establishments like textiles, pharmaceuticals, automotive industries, malls, hospitals and resorts. This solution can also be used as a remote mini-grid to provide a consistent and clean supply of power while lowering operating costs. On an average, electricity cost is reduced by 50% and diesel consumption is reduced by 40%. Mahindra EPC offers the DG-PV hybrid solution in sizes ranging from 5 kilowatt to 1 megawatt.
"At the Igatpuri plant, we aim to promote the use of renewable energy and thereby lower our carbon footprint and this installation by Mahindra EPC is a step towards achieving this goal. Solar power is not only environment friendly, it also replaces fossil fuels, lowering our operating costs. The plant has been running successfully since it was commissioned on January 1 of this year," said Mr. Laxmiprasad Jahagirdar - General Manager, Manufacturing, Igatpuri.
"We are delighted to partner with the Mahindra Engine Factory at Igatpuri for this pilot project. Their continuous support has ensured that our installation successfully passed rigorous tests and was completed in record time. Through the commissioning of our DG-PV hybrid solution, we have reaffirmed our position as a company that accepts no limits in the true spirit of Rise," said Mr. Basant Jain, CEO, Mahindra EPC.
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