Tamil Nadu to procure land for concentrated solar thermal power project

The state government is in the process of identifying land to set up concentrating solar thermal power plants and a proposal would be sent to Ministry of New and Renewable Energy resources, said Sudeep Jain, chairman and managing director, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency.

He was in the city to attend "Elektrotec-2011", an Industrial Electrical and Electronics Trade Fair, at CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex, on Friday. The four-day event is organised by Coimbatore District Small Industries Association in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency.

The fair mainly focuses on electrical and electronics products along with energy saving equipment. Participants from all over the country, connected with Electrical, Electronics and Communication are showcasing their products and services.

Speaking to reporters, he said that there are plans to generate at least 50 to 100 MW of energy. However, seven to eight acres of land is required to prepare a mega watt of power through the solar thermal power plant.

He said 40% of the state’s energy requirement is met through the renewable energy resources and the government is keen to capitalize and develop it further.

The state produces 6070 MW of energy through wind energy, while only 7 MW is produced through solar energy. He said government is taking steps to put another 10 MW of solar thermal plants under the first phase of the installation project.