According to reports, the Gujarat Power Corporation ( Gujarat Solar Park) has been conferred upon the 10th Wartsila-Mantosh Sondhi Award for significant contribution to the Indian energy sector. The award was given by Wartsila India Ltd.BSE 0.00 %
Gujarat accounts for 66% of India’s total solar power. The Solar Park was launched at Charanka village in Patan district as a part of the Swarnim Gujarat celebrations.
The Solar Park with a power generation capacity of 600 MW, covering approximately 3,000 acres of wasteland bordering the Rann of KutchBSE 4.96 %, will generate two-thirds of India’s total 900 MW of solar power production.
The Solar Park will produce 214 MW of photovoltaic solar capacity, making it larger than Golmud Solar Park in China that has a capacity of 200 MW. The new Solar Park is unique in having 21 companies involved in its management and development, including four from the United States.
In addition to solar energy, the park will also manufacture solar power plant panels and other related equipment. It will also provide training to local people of Gujarat to work at solar parks.
According to the Gujarat Government, the solar project will lead to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions to the tune of eight million tonnes.
D J Pandian, Principal Secretary, Energy & Petrochemicals, with the state government accepted the award from Bjorn Rosengren, President and CEO, WartsilaBSE 0.00 % Corporation. Wartsila is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wartsila maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.