Several cities and towns in the country are experiencing a substantial growth in their peak electricity demand. Municipal Corporations and the electricity utilities are finding it difficult to cope with this rapid rise in demand and as a result most of the cities and towns are facing severe electricity shortages.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put a strong focus on clean energy – setting an ambitious target of 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022.
India’s installed solar capacity was 6998.8MW as of 30 April this year, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). India will by now have surpassed 7 GW!
To further boost the solar energy installations, Indian state – Punjab, is taking a giant leap in green energy generation with the single largest roof top solar power plant at Dera Baba Jaimal Singh of Radha Soami Sect. The solar unit has occupied the rooftops of this campus in a single stretch.
The Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal along with New & Renewable Energy Resources Minister Bikram Singh Majithia dedicated the World’s largest Single Rooftop Solar Power Plant with capacity of 11.5 MW to the nation.
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The project has enormous environmental friendly benefits that include abatement of 4 lac tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the next 25 years, which is equivalent to planting nearly 2 lac trees. The project will generate clean and green energy sufficient to power approximately 8000 homes.
A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said Rs.139 crore prestigious project, which was also the country’s largest Solar Power Plant spread over 82 acres of rooftop in single campus on multiple roofs with installed capacity of 19.5 MW. The Chief Minister highly appreciated the rare feat of Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) to usher in a solar power revolution in the state.
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He said Punjab’s immense contribution to tap enormous power potential from various renewable energy resources was evident from the fact that the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi awarded Punjab for being one of the best performing States for capacity addition of Solar Energy during Re-Invest-2015, reports Punjab News Express.
Mr. Majithia pointed out that GoI has set a target of power generation of 40,000 MW from different resources of renewable energy to be achieved by 2022 and this project would be a role model to encourage other states to replicate such large rooftops on the building/sheds.
Majithia also said that Punjab, which was acclaimed as a harbinger of green revolution in India, was now on the threshold of bringing ‘Solar Power Revolution’. He also thanked Baba ji for showing us the way to combat the menace of environmental pollution with setting up this eco-friendly solar plant at Dera Beas.
Business Standard reported that Punjab’s current solar power generation capacity is 470 Mw, with approximately 500 Mw projects in pipeline. The State is well placed to achieve 1,000 Mw of solar electricity by the end of financial year 2016-17.
Punjab has commissioned its power projects on a ‘build operate own’ (BOO) model and entered into 25-year power purchase agreements with private players. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors for the Beas project were Tata Power, and Larsen and Toubro.
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