10 MW of solar energy to be harnessed in the first phase
UDAYAPUR, APRIL 12: Triyuga Municipality of Udayapur district has unveiled plan to install 100 MW solar photo voltaic plant.
The municipality will generate 10 MW of solar power in the first phase with assistance of a Chinese company. The project will be implemented in public-private-partnership model.
The company has already made two studies over the past three months to set up solar photo voltaic plant.
Mayor of Triyuga municipality Bel Dev Chaudhary said that the municipal executive office will sign a contract with the Chinese company with the target of starting the project in the current fiscal year.
Chaudhary had requested Chinese officials for help to develop the municipal city during his recent visit to the northern neighbor. After the visit, Chinese technicians visited the municipality to study different potential sectors in the city. They identified energy, waste management and irrigation are the three key areas where the municipal office should focus its work.
Based on the suggestion of the technicians, the municipality decided to focus on solar power plant in the first phase. The municipality has identified area stretching from Bagaha in Ward 4 to the bridge near Chuhade in Ward 6 for building solar park.
According to Mayor Chaudhary, 1.5 hectares of land is required to harness 1 MW of solar energy.
The municipality plans to sign a formal agreement to commence work on the solar park with the Chinese company on April 18.
Upon completion of 100 MW solar voltaic power plant, the municipality plans to sell energy to industries in the municipality as well as other local units.
Average demand of Udayapur district currently stands at 24 MW. Gaighat area is receiving 12 MW, half of which goes to Udayapur Cement Factory.
According to Ram Ayodhya Yadav, chief of NEA's Distribution Center in Udayapur, Gaighat is getting 12 MW, while Katari and Beltar-Thokshila area are receiving 3 MW each which makes total supply in the district to 18 MW.
Because of inadequate power supply, locals of Udayapur have been facing unannounced power cuts.