Solar modules incorporating Suniva’s high-efficiency monocrystalline-silicon photovoltaic cells have been installed and commissioned on the rooftop of the Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi, India. The 1MW system, said to be the largest rooftop PV power plant in the country, was implemented by Reliance Industries (RIL) Solar Group, which also supplied the PV modules. The new “model green” stadium will be one of the primary venues of the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
The Thyagaraj power plant was developed using 3640 280Wp modules. The project is expected to generate around 1.4 million kWh of electricity per year to fulfill the power requirements of the stadium, with surplus electricity being fed into the grid at 11KV.
Rabi Satpathy, president of RIL’s solar unit, said that the overall footprint of the rooftop system on the stadium needed to be minimized, “while ensuring that it would generate enough energy to fulfill the stadium’s requirements. Suniva’s high-performance solar cells deliver more power per cell, which enabled us to build a 1MW plant that surpasses the energy needed in the rooftop space available.”
“The Thyagaraj project is a clear demonstration of Suniva’s prominence in the rapidly growing solar
market in India,” said CEO John Baumstark. “Our continued commitment to increasing solar cell efficiency will enable our great partners like RIL Solar Group to build more powerful plants in any location.”
The Thyagaraj installation is the latest Suniva-powered PV system in India to be announced by the company. Last month, the Norcross, GA-based company said a 3MW array, done in conjunction with Titan Energy, had been commissioned in Karnataka.
Suniva execs Ajeet Rohatgi and Jim Modak near the
1MW PV system on the rooftop of Thyagaraj Stadium in
New Delhi. (Photo courtesy of Suniva)