SAIL’s Bhilai Steel Plant Partners with CREDA for 3 MW Rooftop Solar Power Initiative – SolarQuarter

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The Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), a flagship unit of the Steel Authority of India (SAIL), is set to enhance its green energy initiatives by installing solar power systems across its premises and township.


BSP has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) to implement solar power generation projects. The initiative includes the installation of rooftop solar energy systems on various buildings within the plant and residential areas, aiming to generate approximately 3 MW of electricity.


Upon completion, these solar projects are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 2,900 tonnes annually, significantly contributing to environmental conservation.


In addition to the rooftop installations, BSP has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with NTPC-SAIL Power Supply Company Limited (NSPCL) for a 15 MW floating solar plant in the Maroda-1 reservoir. This innovative project will be the first of its kind in Chhattisgarh and is scheduled for completion next year. The floating solar plant is projected to generate about 34.26 million units of green power annually, which BSP will utilize as captive power, enhancing its carbon footprint and promoting renewable energy.

Furthermore, BSP has proposed another floating solar power plant with a capacity of 35 MW in the Maroda-2 reservoir. The detailed project report has been prepared, and the tender process will commence shortly.

The solar projects will be completed in two phases, with the first phase expected by 2025 and the second by the end of 2027. The electricity generated from these initiatives will feed into the power grid, benefiting the plant and the surrounding areas.

BSP’s commitment to renewable energy underscores its dedication to sustainable development and energy conservation.

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