This week Punjab is seeing the commissioning of its largest solar power plant till date. Hon’ble Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hon’ble Shri Bikram Singh Majithia inaugurated Welspun Renewables’ 32 MW solar power plants, the largest ever in the state on 8 October 2015. This is another feather in the cap of one of the most progressive states in India. Incidentally, Punjab was one of country’s first states to explore the possibility of using renewable resources of energy for electricity generation. One the country’s first solar power plants (2 MW capacity) was installed in Punjab in 2009.
The solar power project based in Bhatinda is unique on many counts. It is spread across 140 acre in Bathinda district and has a capacity of 32 MW (AC). 48 million units of clean energy generated from this power plant annually will address Punjab’s energy deficit. The plant sees light of the day at a time when India has submitted its ambitious Intended Nationally Determined Contributions in run up to the Paris Climate Change Summit. Within next 25 years, the project will have mitigated 1,331,525 tones of CO2 emissions. This will immensely help the state and nation achieve its 100 GW solar target by 2022 and pump clean energy into the state grids.
Continuing the tradition of executing the projects well within the set target, Welspun Renewables has completed the project well within the set timeframe, which is remarkable by all industry standards.
Inaugurating the plant, Sardarni Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Hon’ble Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing, Government of India and Sardar Bikram Singh Majithia Hon’ble Minister for New & Renewable Energy, Government of Punjab welcomed the aggressive renewable efforts and congratulated the state, its people and Welspun Renewables for contributing to the state’s development through sustainable means and ensuring energy security of its people.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Vineet Mittal, Vice Chairman Welspun Renewables said that the 32 MW (AC) project has strengthened the company’s partnership with Punjab and advancement of the state’s utility-scale solar industry. He iterated that the project is a testament of the company’s commitment to renewable energy and assured that the engineering expertise will ensure optimum generation from the project. He added that while powering the state’s industries, the company officials will also be working with neighboring communities towards sustainable living.
Welspun Renewables has also signed an MoU for setting up an additional 151 MW solar capacity in the State of Punjab. The company hopes to work closely with the Government of Punjab for the State becoming ‘energy secure’.
Welspun Renewables has been aggressively working to bring a difference to the country’s energy landscape. At present the company’s footprint is spread across 8 different states in India. In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 175 GW renewable energy vision, the organization is committed to setting up 11 GW of renewable capacities. Towards this goal, in next few years we will be setting up 5 GW capacities, and of this 1 GW will be commissioned well within 2015-16.