The first PV power plant constructed by Kolkata-based EMC has begun commercial operation on March 4. EMC developed the 5MW project as part of the union ministry of new and renewable energy’s Jawharlal Nehru national solar mission. Around 21,300 solar modules have been installed on a site of 25 acres in Naini, near Allahabad. EMC has signed a 25-year PPA with NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam.

"It took us nearly seven years to complete the project which involved a budget of Rs80 crore. The cost-effectiveness of this project can also be gauged from the fact that its maintenance would involve a yearly expenditure of not more than 70 lakh," said Pankaj Kumar Chhonkar, project manager of EMC.