“The other side of the wall will have a huge amount of water, so the construction has to be done in a way that it doesn’t puncture the wall,” said the 27-year-old. “It also needs to be made sure that future maintenance is easy and the solar panels are not spoilt by salty water.” The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of March next year. “The safety of the three-kilometer-long dam is our topmost priority, but as a skilled team of 125 young engineers from IITs and NITs, we are looking for newer technical challenges,” Gupta said. Solar panels will cover the entire stretch of the dam barrier. Gupta’s first assignment was in 2010, the year he graduated. He helped an investor set up a 1 MW facility in his home state of Rajasthan, in his pursuit to make money to set up his own plant one day.
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Largest African Solar Energy Plant Comes Online In South Africa – WHTM Harrisburg, Pa.
SolarReserve’s 110 MW Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant located in Nevada is the first utility-scale facility in the world to feature advanced molten salt power tower energy storage capabilities. The project, currently in the commissioning phase , will generate more than 500,000 megawatt-hours per year and includes 10 hours of full-load energy storage. This annual output is more than twice that of other technologies per MW of capacity, such as photovoltaics (PV) or direct steam solar thermal.The storage technology also eliminates the need for any backup fossil fuels, such as natural gas, which are needed with other technologies to keep the system going during times of reduced solar resource. Nevada’s largest electric utility, NV Energy, will purchase 100 percent of the electricity generated by the Crescent Dunes project under a 25-year power purchase agreement. The SolarReserve team has been successful at developing large scale projects internationally including three PV projects, totaling 246 MW of generation capacity, in operation in South Africa. The Lesedi and Letsatsi Projects, totaling 150 MW of installed capacity, came online in May 2014 and are capable of powering more than 130,000 South African homes with clean energy. The projects were selected as the “African Renewable Energy Deal of the Year” by Project Finance Magazine in 2012.The 96 MW Jasper power project, which just came online in October 2014, is the largest solar installation on the continent.
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