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India’s Anantapur District to Install 40,000 Solar Panels and Save $1 Million per Year

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On February 26, 2013 @ 2:30 pm In News,Renewable Energy,Solar Power | No Comments

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Southern India’s Anantapur District will be the first municipality in the country to use solar energy [2] for street lighting and water pumping operations. The solar project, consisting of nearly 40,000 solar panels [3], will be connected to the existing power grid and will save $1 million every year, according to the municipal authorities.



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The solar project will be constructed under India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). Located in Kadiri area of Anantapur District spread over 10,000 acres of barren land, the 5-megawatt solar installation is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions [5] by about 180,000 tons during its 25-year life span. The Anantapur solar project will also be the first project in the state to use Abound Solar Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) thin-film modules [6] which are among the lowest-cost types of solar cells.

Energy generated from nearly 40,000 solar panels [7] will result in over $1 million in savings. The project will cost about $11 million, and those costs are expected to be recovered in 11 years. The district authorities are hoping to get financial support from the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy and use the savings to repay the loan.

Via CleanTechnica [8]

Photos from Wikimedia Commons [9]


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[2] solar energy: http://inhabitat.com/can-indias-solar-energy-output-hit-33-4gw-by-2022/

[3] solar panels: http://inhabitat.com/new-telescope-solar-panel-design-doubles-efficiency/

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[5] greenhouse gas emissions: http://inhabitat.com/u-s-establishes-first-greenhouse-gas-emissions-standards-for-vehicles/

[6] thin-film modules: http://inhabitat.com/uber-thin-modular-solar-panels-energize-any-building/

[7] solar panels: http://inhabitat.com/stanford-scientists-create-the-worlds-first-peel-and-stick-solar-cells/

[8] CleanTechnica: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/25/south-indian-city-of-anantapur-to-go-solar-and-save-1-million-every-year/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

[9] Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Solar_Resource_Map_of_India.png

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