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Largest integrated solar complex set up

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The Haldia project will involve an investment of Rs. 5,500 crore

— PHOTO: ARUNANGSU ROY CHOWDHURY

GREEN POWER: Jyoti Poddar (left), Managing Director, Bhaskar Silicon, and Hans Authenreith (right), Centrotherm, Germany, exchanging documents in the presence of Nirupam Sen, Minister for Industry and Commerce, West Bengal Government, in Kolkata on Thursday.

KOLKATA: The country’s first polysilicon solar project, which also happens to be the largest integrated solar power complex of the world, was launched here on Thursday.

“The project, located at Haldia, will help in generating 250 MW of solar power annually and will be built at an estimated cost of Rs. 5,500 crore,” said Jyoti Poddar, Managing Director, Bhaskar Silicon Limited, the company that launched the project.

The Haldia Development Authority had already acquired 200 acres for the first phase of the project and as State Industries Minister Nirupam Sen said, “The government will acquire another 600 acres in future for the next phases.”

The project targets to produce 2,500 tonnes of polysilicon annually in the first phase and 5,000 tonnes after two years. Mr. Poddar said that the first phase of the project would be completed by October 2009.

Mr. Sen said, “It is a capital-intensive project involving high technology that will meet the huge demand for solar panels at various small and medium solar power plants across the country.” The plant had been fashioned in such a way that it could also manufacture chips for semiconductors, needed in the information technology sector, in its second phase, he said.

State Power Minister Mrinal Banerjee said that the State government had always encouraged renewable energy development projects and was the first of its kind in the country to declare tax benefits to industrial houses using green energy.

Bhaskar Silicon has tied up with Centrotherm, Germany, a pioneer in the solar power field, for setting up the project. “The project is being launched in line with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s vision of having 5,000 MW of solar power by 2012 which will require 50,000 tonnes of polysilicon,” said Mr. Poddar.

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