Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has successfully commissioned a 5MW Grid-Connected Solar Power Plant in Karnataka which is dubbed as the single largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in the state.

BHEL has commissioned the plant at Shivanasamudram near Mandya in Karnataka for Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL).

BHEL has designed, manufactured, supplied, and commissioned the solar power plant, and will also operate and maintain the plant for a period of three years.

This adds up to company’s total commissioning of 15MW of solar power plants in various parts of the country during fiscal 2011-12.

The solar power plant is synchronised with the main grid, and DC power generated by the solar panels is converted into AC by inverters and fed into a 66kV grid through transformers.

Crystalline silicon photovoltaic (C-SI PV) technology has been used for the solar power plant, which consists of arrays of photovoltaic panels made of crystalline silicon solar cells.

The SPV modules are manufactured at BHEL’s manufacturing facility located in Bangalore, while an R&D unit located in Gurgaon supports the operations in semi-conductors and solar photovoltaics.