In a unique project, the state government’s power generation and distribution arms have commissioned a 7 MW solar power plant in Dhule district purely for the farmers’ agriculture pumps and their domestic uses, which otherwise attract huge cross-subsidy from ordinary consumers (such as in Mumbai) to subsidize their (farmers’) billing.
Thus indirectly, the project promises a reduction in the billing of power consumers in urban areas of the state too. Presently, the highest cross-subsidy load on consumer billing is of agriculture consumers in the state.
Cross-subsidy is nothing but additional payment made by urban consumers to reduce the billing burden on poor agriculture consumers.
Set up close to agriculture feeder Degaon village, the solar power plant has not only reduced transmission and distribution losses for some 2000 to 3000 farmers spread over Shindakhede taluka (of Dhule district), but also the wheeling charges mounted on the billing against bringing electricity from distantly-located thermal power plants.
The plant is spread over 50 acres of land and has solar modules ‘Made in India’ along with string Inverters to maintain high uptime. Panasonic Life Solutions India has built this plant for Gro Solar Energy Pvt Ltd, the original contractor of the project appointed by Mahagenco and Mahadiscom under the government’s ‘Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Vahini Yojana’.
This project will add approximately 15,891 MWh of solar energy and assist in eliminating a total of 14,300 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the lifetime of this plant.