Assam Obtains Its First Solar Plant

Jul 20, 2022 11:52 AM ET
  • Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has released a 25 MW solar energy project in Lalpul at Udalguri district. Built at an enormous Rs 300 crore, the plant will benefit 65,000 villagers. The project was developed on 'build, own, run' design under Assam Solar Energy Policy 2017.

Attending to the villagers and the guests on the occasion, Sarma stated the commitment of his federal government to generation of power via non-conventional power sources rather than conventional resources. Of all the problems worldwide, climate change is the gravest, Chief Minister Sarma stated, while adding that his government has found an equilibrium between development and its nature. As a result, the generation of renewable resources of power in Assam would offer to strengthen the sustainability for the remainder of the globe to comply with as well as emulate, he included.

The following 5 years will be witness to Assam become one of the leading states in the country to utilize renewable sources of energy without adversely affecting the setting, he stated. On June 11, Assam accepted an investment worth Rs 5,000 crore for commissioning as well as the generation of 1,000 MW of solar energy in partnership with Navratna PSU firm Neyveli Lignite Corporation, under the aegis of the Union Coal Ministry.

Dealing with the media afterwards, Himanta Biswa Sarma had actually claimed the objective is to make the state power independent and also self reliant. "A joint venture company with Neyveli Lignite Corporation will certainly be floated to generate the 1000 MW solar power on government land. This will be the first such campaign amongst PSUs in the power sector. A 75 MW solar plant at Amguri was recently inaugurated, and a few various other units with an overall ability of 100 MW in various parts of the state will be commissioned next month. Yet we wish to go for large-scale solar power generation," he included during the occasion.

He even more shared that greater than a thousand proposals for negotiation of land, pending with the revenue division, for greater than a few decades, had been cleared by the cabinet. "A few of these proposals were pending since 1992 as well as virtually 30 percent of problem on the revenue department is cleared up. In the following cabinet conference, we will use up the pending proposals submitted by NGOs," he said.

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