Pavagada solar park to be operational in two years

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Work on the State government’s ambitious solar park project at Pavagada in Tumakuru district will be completed and the largest such plant in the world will become operational within two years, Energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar has said.Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, Mr. Shivakumar said that this project entailed generating 1,500 MW solar power and it would come up in 12,000 acres of land.The government had finalised the land-lease agreement with farmers by offering an annual rent of Rs. 21,000 per acre. The process of procuring land for this project went off smoothly with no scope from complaints from land owners, he added.Besides, the Energy Department had entered into a pact with National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPCL) to sell solar power at Rs. 4.50 per unit.The electricity supply companies (ESCOMs) too have expressed interest to buy power from this project and the government would consider their proposal favourably.The project-related works would commence shortly as the tendering process had been completed. All works would be completed within the stipulated time and power generation would begin in 2018. Once this project commences, farmers in the region would start getting uninterrupted power supply round-the-clock, Mr. Shivakumar said.

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