Mizoram on Saturday commissioned the first solar power plant at Tlungvel about 58 km from Aizawl.

State Power minister R Lalzirliana on Friday inaugurated the grid connecting 2 megawatt solar photovoltaic (SPV) solar power plant.

Speaking on the occasion, Lalzirliana said that Mizoram has made its entry into the solar map of the country with the commissioning of the 2 MW SPV solar plant.

He said that the commissioning of the solar power plant was a milestone in the history of the state.

Besides solar energy, the hydroelectric potential of the state must be harnessed to produce more power so that the vision of the government with respect to self sufficiency in power can become a reality, he said.

The minister said that a 20 MW solar power plant and 5 MW solar power plant are being currently constructed at Vankal in Khawzawl district and near Saitual town respectively.

According to an official of state Power and Electricity department, the construction of the newly commissioned solar power plant started in August, 2018 and was completed for a trial in November this year.

The power plant project has been built at a cost of Rs 14 crore, provided by the state government.

The SPV power plant is spread over 5 acres and has 5,340 solar modules and is expected to generate 3 million units annually.

According to an official, the plant is expected to generate a revenue of Rs 169 lakh annually.