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Greenko to build India’s first off-river energy storage project
The 20-year loan has been priced at 11% per annum interest and the power generator will have to start repaying the loan only after the project has been commissioned. After commissioning, it will get a one-year moratorium during which it will not have to make any payments to the lender.
The storage project, fully owned by Greenko, is being built at a cost of Rs 7,600 crore, of which the debt component is being funded by PFC, a public sector undertaking. The remaining funds for construction will be put in by Greenko as equity.
An off-river energy storage project involves construction of two large water reservoirs at two ends of a gradient on a stretch of land. During the day, the storage facility uses solar energy to pump the water from the bottom reservoir to the top. At night the water is pumped down to generate hydro energy. The capacity of the storage facility is 1,200 MW. Such storage facilities exist at hydro power projects located along rivers but this will be the first to be constructed on a land mass.
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