Location – The project is in District: Patan; Taluka: Santlapur; State: Gujarat
Capacity – 65MW (40MW + 25MW)
Commissioning date – 40MW on 31st March 2017 and 25MW on 2nd June 2017
The project is a part of the Gujarat Solar park and is built on 118.37 hectares of land (72.84Ha for 40MW & 45.53Ha for 25MW). Mahindra Susten, through its 100% subsidiary, Astra Solren Private Limited (ASPL) has developed the project in association with the Gujarat Government and Gujarat Power Corporation Limited.
The project was completed much before the scheduled commissioning timeline, underlining Mahindra Susten’s capabilities to build solar PV plants aided with an expert team of individuals.
A salient feature of this Solar PV plant is that it houses a mix of various solar module technology such as Polycrystalline and thin film. It also includes a mix of various module mounting structure types such as Fixed tilt and Trackers. The Trackers used in the Project are indigenously designed by Mahindra Susten & manufactured in India. The use of different technologies at the same place will assist in evaluating the performance of these technologies for future use.
The Charankha plant will generate electricity by harnessing solar radiations, which is the cleanest source of electricity generation. The plant will generate and supply more than 140 Million Units of electricity p.a. to the State which can power more than 1.5 lac households annually thus achieving reduction in Carbon Emissions to the tune of ~143,000 tonne CO2 every year. The solar pv plant has also generated employment (both skilled and unskilled) for the local community by employing more than 60 people. Apart from the above, in tune with our CSR vision, a plethora of activities were conducted in the villages around the plant.
At Charankha, Mahindra Susten operates, maintains and services the project end to end.
For its exceptional performance and execution, Mahindra Susten won the “Best Performing Project of the Year (Financial Performance) during the recently held RE Assets Excellence Awards 2019” and was also Shortlisted and showcased during prestigious Vibrant Gujarat Summit held at Gandhinagar in January 2019.