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The Navy’s largest Solar plant was inaugurated at the INA, Ezhimala, Kerala 

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Navy's largest Solar plant commissionedOn July 22, 2020, the Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawal, Flag Officer Commanding-in-chief, Southern Naval Command (SNC), virtually employed the 3 MegaWatt (MW) largest Solar Power Plant at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala.

The project is a part of the Indian Government’s initiative of National Solar Mission, to achieve 100 GigaWatt (GW) of solar Power by 2022. 

Highlights about the solar plant

i.It is the largest established power plant by the Indian Navy with a lifespan of 25 years. 

ii.The solar panels are 9,180 highly efficient monocrystalline panels employed with the latest technology. 

iii.The projects has been executed by the Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (KELTRON)

Significance:

i.The Kerala State Electric Board (KSEB) played a major part on this project despite COVID-19 pandemic. 

ii.Surplus power generated will also feed the KSEB electricity grid.

iii.The solar power plant will reduce the carbon footprint in Ezhimala academy, Kannur and lead a path to a clean and green environment. 

-2 MegaWatt Solar Power Plant Inaugurated at Naval Station Karanja, Uran

Indian Navy Vice Admiral, Flag Officer Commanding – in – Chief of Western Naval Command, Ajith Kumar virtually inaugurated the first 2 MegaWatt Solar capacity Solar Power Plant. 

The Power Plant was set up at the Western Naval Station, Karanja in Maharashtra’s Uran. 

Highlights:

i.It is built at a cost of Rs. 14 crores and it is one of the largest solar plants in that region. 

ii.It will save upto 20 to 30% of the power requirement which saves Rs. 30 lakhs per month. 

iii.The solar plant consists of indigenously developed solar panels, tracking tables and inverters. 

iv.The solar plant is grid interconnected utilizing the state- of-the-art single axis sun-tracking technology with computerized monitoring and control. 

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Indian Naval Academy
Motto – Shaping future Naval Leadership
Commandant – Vice Admiral Mr. Dinesh K Tripathi, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), Nau Sena Medal (NM) 
Deputy Commandant – Rear Admiral Mr. Tarun Saobiy, Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM)
Location – Ezhimala, Kannur, Kerala, India 

About KELTRON
Type – A State owned electronic enterprise. 
Headquarters – Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Chairman (current) – Shri N. Narayanamoorthy (1st March 2019)