Himachal Pradesh to Develop Multiple Solar Power Projects

Highlights :

  • The state government wants more solar power to supply green and clean electricity to consumers at cheaper rates.
  • SJVN will be developing five solar power projects in the Himalayan state.

The Himachal Pradesh government has said that it has planned to develop multiple solar projects that will help the government to supply green and clean electricity to consumers at economical rates. The projects will be developed through Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. Clean power will also be helpful in reducing carbon footprints.

The Himachal Government mentioned that large private players and important Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) of India have given assurance to invest in the solar sector of the state.

The official statement said that the state owned Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVN) will be developing five solar power projects in the Himalayan state. These solar power projects are either being constructed or will be constructed. The 112.5 MW Thaplan solar power project is presently being developed in Una district. Moreover, 20 MW SPP Bhanjal and Kadh in Una, 20 MW in Kangra, 30 MW SPP Kolar in Sirmaur and 12.5 MW Rajgir solar in Kangra are currently in the pre-construction phase.

SJVN Green Energy is already constructing a 15 MW floating solar PV power plant at Nangal Pond in Bilaspur. Last May, it announced plans to set up a solar power park in Kinnaur district with a capacity of 400 MW.

The statement said that the Himachal Pradesh government is extending all support to the players in the development of solar power projects to realise the dream of ‘Green Himachal.’

The Himachal Pradesh government said that it will also take steps to change the state policy that will allow players to buy freehold private land for the purpose.

A Chief Secretary-led Committee is also constituted to monitor the execution of these solar power projects to see that they are completed in time.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister held in the Budget speech in 2022 that the state will make efforts to ensure that 100 per cent of its energy requirement is met through renewable and green energy. At present, about 12000 million units of power every year. Of this just 2000 million units comes from thermal power plants and the rest is green and renewable. The state wants to raise it cent percent.

Himachal Pradesh wants to generate 10,000 MW of additional green energy, as per its new energy policy.

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