According to reports,Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated over 600 MW of installed solar power projects to the nation and called it a major step towards meeting India’s energy security. The projects, having potential to generate 30 lakh units of clean energy per day, are spread over several districts. These include Asia’s largest solar park with 214 MW generation capacity at this village in North Gujarat district of Patan. The park at Charanka, spread across 5,000 acres, has 500 MW of generation capacity of both solar and wind energy.
Solar project developers like US-based Sun Edison, Lanco Solar, Kiran Energy and GMR Gujarat Solar Power have set up plants in the park. While 214 MW of grid connected solar power was commissioned at Charanka by 17 national and international companies, 10 solar plants having combined generation capacity of 87.49 MW have gone on stream in Surendranagar, 8 in Kutch (85 MW) and three each in Banaskantha (55.20 MW) and Rajkot (25MW), amongst others. State utility Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL) had signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 968.5 MW with 85 national and international solar project developers. Of this, 605 MW was commissioned today. Speaking after dedicating the projects simultaneously from here, Modi termed it as a major step towards meeting the country’s energy security. “Gujarat shall show way to rest of the world in solar energy. Despite being a power surplus state, we are spending Rs 2,000 crore annually on clean energy in our war against climate change,” he said.