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Ujjain: Mahakaleswar Temple will glitter soon with power supply from an upcoming solar power plant. Temple’s huge expenses on electricity bills will be minimised after installation of the plant. It will be the first jyotirlinga temple having a power generation plant of this kind.

For this purpose NHDC Limited, a joint venture of NHPC and the state government, has allotted the tender to Aegasun Energy, Pune to install a solar power unit worth Rs 19, 46, 940. According to information, the company will be responsible for supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 35KW grid connected to the plant at Shri Mahakaleshwar Mandir and it is assumed that after installation, the temple’s electricity bills will be slashed by Rs 4 lakh. As per the terms of project completion period, the period of supply of the material at the temple will be completed in four months reckoned from the date of issue of the order and period of installation, testing, and commissioning shall be one month after scheduled supply period.

According to terms of guarantee and warranty, PV modules used in the plant must be warranted for their output peak watt capacity which should not be less than 90 per cent at the end of 10 years and 80 per cent at end of 25 years. The mechanical structures, electrical works including power conditioners, inverters, charge controllers, MPPT units, distribution boards, digital metres, switchgears and overall workmanship of SPV power, plants, systems must be warranted against any manufacturing, design, installation defects, for a minimum period of 18 months from the date of delivery at the site or 12 months from the date of installation, whichever is earlier.

Talking to The Free Press Journal, senior officer of NHDC Rajeev Kumar Agrawal said 35 KW power would be generated by the power plant.

Union minister Piyush Goyal eases installation of power plant

On his arrival at Mahakaleshwar Temple last year, priest Ashish Pujari had sought the attention of Union energy minister Piyush Goyal with regard to installation of a solar plant at the temple to save a big amount on electricity bills. He had said that the Union government was ready to subsidise the total cost by 50 per cent. When Ashish said he could contribute the entire fund, the minister had sought a project report from the Temple Management Committee.