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Solar Power Plants in Kashmir

According to reports, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah today inaugurated a 18-KW Solar Power Plant at Sub-District Hospital at Charar-i-Sharief in Budgam district.

This was the second such solar power unit inaugurated by the two leaders in the past two days. Yesterday, one such plant was inaugurated at the Old Assembly Complex here.

The unit inaugurated at Charar-i-Sharief involved an expenditure of about Rs 50 lakhs, an official spokesman said.

He said the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has approved a total of 69 solar power plants for the State to be installed in as many health institutions as backup power supply units.

This involves an amount of Rs 32.70 crore, the spokesman said, adding, the tenders for 32 such units have been finalised and for the remaining units the process is going on.

During the last three years the MNRE headed by Farooq Abdullah has sanctioned over 50000 solar home systems for the 225 un-electrified villages and hamlets of the State.

As many as 50 water mills have been upgraded, while financial assistance to upgrade 2000 more such water mills for electricity generation and mechanical activities has also been approved, the spokesman said.

He said the Union Ministry has also sanctioned 58 micro- hydel projects being installed in remote villages to generate electricity.

It has also sanctioned and installed solar water heating systems at 10 locations, while solar photo voltaic power plants at 69 locations to generate 1.09 MWs have also been approved, the spokesman said.

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