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Home News Power Sector News Largest solar plant in Asia inaugurated in Gujarat

Largest solar plant in Asia inaugurated in Gujarat

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Narendra ModiThirty-MW solar power plant, claimed to be the largest project of its kind in Asia, was inaugurated by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in Gunthawada, 180 km off Ahmedabad on 14-10-2011. The solar power plant, commissioned at an estimated cost of Rs 465 core for the twin solar power plants of 15 MW each, has been set up by Moser Baer Clean Energy Limited (MBCEL) in Gunthawada village of Kakrej Taluka in Banaskantha.

"While the Centre could not start any solar plant even after announcing its solar power policy, Gujarat has set up four such projects, including one at Charnaka," Modi said. "The waste-land in desert of little run of Kutch has been turned in to the best-land. Formerly, we in Gujarat, were short of power. Now we have not only been self sufficient, but soon, will be in a position to supply the power to others," Modi said adding that the project will not only generate the power but also create jobs for at least 10,000 people. "While the Centre has been reduced to a power-corrupt government amidst zero development, Gujarat has shown how power could be utilised for allround growth.

The state has undertaken new initiatives in recycling biomass and agro-waste," he added. "Now after ten years of my experience in administration, I learnt much and feel to continue to render my services for the much-needed development in the state," he said. Giving introduction of the biggest plant of Asia, Ratul Puri, chairman of the MBCEL, which has executed power purchase agreement (PPA) with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam said, "The ambitious plant of the Asia spread over 305 acres of land will be feeding approximately 52 million KW of energy per year to the state electricity grid".

According to Ratul Puri, executive director, Moser Baer, Gunthawada solar farm is Asia's largest and will supply 52 million kWh to the state grid, powering 50,000 households. The company claims this solar project will save 50,000 tonnes of carbon emission annually.

Moser Baer Clean Energy Limited (MBCEL) solar power generation arm of Moser Baer Projects Pvt Ltd (MBPPL) is looking to set up 200 megawatt (Mw) solar power capacities in India in next one year with 95 Mw to be set up in Gujarat.

MBPPL has laid out ambitious plans to make heavy investments in clean energy vertical of its operations as it intends to set up nearly 1500 Mw of solar power generation capacities in India by 2015.

Moser Baer Projects has operations in conventional and non-conventional sources of energy including thermal, hydel and solar verticals. It offers solutions including power generation, power trading and engineering procurement commissioning. The company plans to commission 5000 MW of thermal, 500 MW of solar and 520 MW of hydro to emerge as a leading player in India's energy sector.

Source- Daily Bhaskar, IBN live


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