Venkaiah Naidu Inaugurates Amp Energy’s 2.4 MW Solar Plant Installed at Pondicherry University Campus

Renewable energy developer Amp Energy India has commissioned a 2.4 MW solar power plant at one of the country’s leading public universities, Pondicherry University.

September 15, 2021. By Manu Tayal

Renewable energy developer Amp Energy India has commissioned a 2.4 MW solar power plant at one of the country’s leading public universities, Pondicherry University.
 
The plant was inaugurated by M Venkaiah Naidu, the Vice-President of India recently in the presence of Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Lt Governor of Puducherry & Chief Rector of Pondicherry University, N Rangasamy, Chief Minister of Puducherry and Prof. Gurmeet Singh, Vice Chancellor of Pondicherry University.
 
The 2.4 MW solar project is one of the largest solar power plants for a Central University in India and is spread over 15 buildings, 2 car parks and 2 land parcels in the university campus.
 
Further, the plant is expected to supply solar energy to meet about 40 per cent requirement of the university’s energy needs.
 
Through the use of solar power, the University is expected to benefit from the reduced energy costs and will reduce emissions of approx. 2,900 tons of CO2 every year.
 
Under Solar Energy Corporation of India’s (SECI’s) 97.5 MW rooftop solar scheme, both Pondicherry University and Amp Energy India have signed a 25-years Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the procurement of electricity generated from solar energy.
 
Commenting on the commissioning of the project, Pinaki Bhattacharyya, MD and CEO of Amp Energy India, said “Amp’s solar project for Pondicherry University is one of the leading projects for a central university in India. We believe public universities can play a key role in providing a critical voice by adopting renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions which is a step in the right direction. We would like to thank MNRE, SECI for creating such opportunities and Pondicherry University for their progressive outlook towards renewable energy adoption.”
 
The company has developed large rooftop solar projects including some landmark projects for L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Ltd (7.8MW), Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery (10.5MW) and the largest solar rooftop for an industrial customer for Skoda Auto Volkswagen India (18.5MW).
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