UP MAY SET UP 1,000 MW SOLAR ENERGY PARK IN BUNDELKHAND REGION

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The Akhilesh Yadav Government is planning to set up a 1,000 MW solar energy park at Jalaun in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh.

“The Government has already acquired 250 acres of land in Jalaun for this purpose. If everything goes well the area will soon have many small solar power plants operating there,” a senior official in the Chief Minister’s Office told The Pioneer here on Wednesday.

The State Cabinet had already approved 15 projects that will generate 215 MW of solar energy. The decision was taken after final bids were approved by the Department of Non-Conventional Energy Development Authority. The department is headed by the Chief Minister himself.

The Adani Group plans to set up a 50 MW solar power plant which will come up in Jalaun. Others groups like Sukhveer Agro Energy Ltd, Essel Group of Zee, Sahasdhara Energy Pvt Ltd, Chennai, Sudhakara Infotech Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad and other groups would set up solar power plants of 20 MW to 10 MW capacity each.

These solar power plants will sell power tLucknowo the State grid under a 25-year power purchase agreement, the price of which would be decided.

“These projects might take time to come up but the Chief Minister will inaugurate a solar power plant of 50 MW in Jalauan later this week. This would be the first solar power plant in Jalaun. Earlier a solar power project had come up in Mahoba. Soon all the districts will have solar power projects,” the official said.

In February the Chief Minister had inaugurated a 10 MW solar power plant in Karkahkala Village. UP got its first megawatt-capacity solar power plant in 2012 when the Chief Minister had inaugurated  a 2 MW plant in village Sandauli of Barabanki district.

Officials say that the Adani Group has shown its willingness to set up a 1,000 MW solar park in UP. Senior officials of the Adani Green Energy group had a meeting with Chief Minister. The Adani Group wants to set up the unit in eastern UP – somewhere near Varanasi.

Source:  the Pioneer

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