Cheaper than the sun

Wednesday 31 May 1995

The US firm, Amoco-Enron Solar Power Development Corp of Houston, Texas, has proposed a solar photovoltaic (SPV) power plant in Rajasthan's Thar desert. The 150 mw project is estimated to cost Rs 1,000 crore (Solar Today, Vol 9, No 1).

This proposal comes in the wake of a breakthrough in thin-film SPV technologies in USA, which has cut the cost of SPV electricity. The plant can produce power at about Rs 2.25 per kilowatt-hour which is comparable to the conventional power cost.

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