Haryana Power Generation Corporation Ltd (HPGCL) is setting up a solar power plant at the site of a defunct thermal power plant in Faridabad. The power generator plans to set up the plant over 151.78 acres near Bata Chowk in the district that generated coal based energy in the past. “The solar plant at Faridabad would be set up on land that was being used ash Dyke,” managing director, HPGCL, MKV Ramarao told ET. “The solar plant would ensure efficient use of the ash dykes,” he said.
He said that the process for auction of defunct plant and machinery has been initiated. He said the actual site of thermal plant will be retained and developed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority. Apart from Faridabad project, the HPGCL is also mulling to generate solar power on land in and around the four-aging coal based thermal power plant at Panipat. To reduce cost of power and maintenance, the Haryana government has decided to shut four of Panipat thermal plants.