SECI to power Siachen base camp with solar energy

The Solar Energy Corporation of India has awarded contracts for setting up two solar-storage power plants of 1 MW each at Siachen (Base Camp) and Partapur. Both solar plants will be supported by 2 MW of battery storage for round-the-clock supply. The Siachen project will be used for the lighting and heating needs at Base Camp I, II and III. The Partapur project will meet similar needs. The projects are expected to reduce the Army’s dependence on diesel for running generators and cut down on the cost of power. The tariffs have been set at Rs 9.89 per kWh for the Siachen base camp projectand Rs10.34 per kWh for Partapur project for a period of 25 years.

In 2019, a solar battery house had been set up in Ladakh to aid the Indian soldiers in the area. The battery house is made up of mud walls and a solar rooftop project to provide shelter. The pilot project has been designed by SonamWangchuk and developed by the Hyderabad-based Visaka Industries. Visaka Industries provided four solar panels for the project which can generate 1.3 kW of electricity. The solar roofing solution serves the functions of a traditional roof with 20 per cent more installed capacity than conventional solar panels in the same space. The roof can withstand heavy snowfall and can bear load up to 450 kgper square feet.

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