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83MW of solar power for India’s biggest ports

The plans are part of the Indian Shipping Ministry's Green Port Initiative.

The Indian Ministry of Shipping is planning to install almost 83MW of solar PV panels at the country’s 12 major ports.

"The Government proposes to implement utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plant projects at various major ports across the country. The funds for establishment of solar power projects are arranged by the major ports from their own resources and no funds have been released from the ministry," said Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan.

The port plans are part of the Green Port Initiative undertaken by India’s Shipping Ministry, which aims to cut the cost of purchasing power from the grid. In addition, installing solar PV at ports will help states to meet the government’s Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPOs), which are state-specific targets for the uptake of renewable energy.   

India has 12 major ports: Kandla, Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Ennore, V O Chidambarnar, Vizag, Paradip and Kolkata, which handle approximately 61 percent of the country's total cargo traffic.

The ports with the largest capacity proposals are New Mangalore (11MW), Vizag (15MW), Paradip (20MW) and JNPT (25MW).

Thus far, only 7MW has been commissioned, largely at Vizag Port. An added 16MW is expected before March of 2017.

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