Two megawatt solar plant commissioned at INS Kalinga in AP

A two megawatt solar plant was commissioned at INS Kalinga here. Flag Officer Commanding-In-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain commissioned the solar plant set up as part of the Centre’s objective to achieve 100 GW of solar power by 2022 as part of the National Solar Mission on Thursday.

The plant,which is the largest in the Eastern Naval Command and has an estimated life of 25 years.

Despite the lockdown, all agencies concerned including APEPDCL worked out a contingency plan adhering to all guidelines in place for coronavirus pandemic and executed the work, according to a defence release here on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, Atul Kumar Jain said the commissioning of this plant demonstrates the commitment of the Eastern Naval Command towards conservation of environment and eco-friendly measures.

INS Kalinga, a naval unit on the city outskirts currently headed by Cmde Rajesh Debnath, has taken significant strides in green initiatives since it was set up in the early 1980s, including afforestation, numerous plantation drives, coastal cleanup drives and protection of the Geo-Heritage site “Erra Matti Dibbalu” (red dunes), the release added.

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