25,000+ REC Solar Panels To Power Newspaper

25,720 REC Peak Energy Series solar panels will soon be helping to power the printing of a newspaper in India.

Totalling 6.5 MWp capacity; the ground-mounted tracker system will generate 12,289,500 kWh a year. The electricity will be used to print the Eenadu, the largest circulated Telugu newspaper in Andhra Pradesh.

The system will be constructed by Photon Energy Systems Limited and is expected to be completed by the end of September, 2013.

Photon’s CEO,  Mr. Gautham Nalamada, said the skills of his company’s engineers combined with the high efficiency of REC Peak Energy Series solar modules “should result in the plant generating one of the highest energy per Wp in India.”

REC says given the state’s abundant solar resources and recently announced support for the allocation of 1 GW of solar projects, it will be a promising market for the company in 2014.

For the newspaper, the system means peace of mind and savings.

“As a daily newspaper, we are dependent on a stable and reliable grid. To be more independent, we decided to invest in solar energy or more specifically, in captive solar consumption,” explained Mr. G. Rajendra Babu, General Manager, Eenadu.

“With increasing electricity costs on the one hand and the intermittent energy supply on the other, we can save a lot of money by using the energy produced by the solar installation itself and at the same time fulfill our corporate environmental policy.”

Andhra Pradesh is India’s fourth largest state by area and fifth largest by population. Like other states in India, it is plagued by serious power shortages. The situation is so severe, it has led to thousands of small and medium enterprises closing their doors.

The shift to self-consumption is also becoming more popular in countries such as Germany and Australia due to decreased feed in tariffs and increasing price of mains grid supplied electricity.

Power generated by home and commercial solar power systems is substantially cheaper than electricity sourced from the mains grid when calculated over the life of a system.