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Kohima: The Nagaland government on Thursday inked a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Halo Energie Pvt Ltd, an independent power producing (IPP) company based out of Hyderabad, to set up the state’s first greenfield solar power project plant in Dimapur.

The 20 mega-watt (MW) power project will be spread across 120 acres inside the Ganeshnagar Industrial Area in Dimapur, with an estimated power generation of around 28 Mega Unit (MU) per year. 

During the signing agreement, advisor to the Department of Power Tovihoto Ayemi said that it is for the first time that power from solar energy will be generated in Nagaland. He urged the company to complete the project on time.

According to Halo Energie Pvt Ltd, the power produced will be injected into the substation located inside the Ganeshnagar estate, which in turn will churn other activities to kick start. 

This green power will also be a stepping stone for the state government in fulfilling the Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPO) compliance which currently stands at a target of 8.75% (state notified target as on Dec 2021). 

At present, Nagaland has a requirement of close to 750 MU, where the majority of the power is purchased from hydro-electric generation plants. The project is aimed to add a significant number to the state’s own generation capacity. 

The project makes use of mono or polycrystalline solar panels to generate power. The central grid inverters will be used to convert the direct current (DC) power produced from the panels into alternating current (AC) and then step up to grid level voltage for smooth synchronization.

It was informed that company executives have started the initial land survey and design process. The execution of the project is scheduled to start in mid 2022 and will take around eight months to commission. 

The land lease of 100 acres was initially signed between the Department of Industries and Commerce for a period of 25 years.  The department of Power has also given Technical clearance to the proposed 20MW Solar Plant at Ganeshnagar.

Meanwhile, Ayemi informed that Nagaland will soon have a generation capacity of more than 300-400MW in the near future. He informed that the power department got the approval for 24 MW Zungki Hydro Project and the 42 MW Hydro project in Lower Tizu is also under final stage of consideration. In addition, land issues relating to the 186 MW power project in Dikhu have also been resolved.

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