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Govt mulls setting up mega solar, wind power project in Gujarat

According to reports, the Centre is looking at setting up a solar and wind power project in Gujarat at the land available with state-owned Hindustan Salts.

“Hindustan Salt has 20,000 acre land in Gujarat, where we propose to set up a solar and wind power project of 4,000 MW or more generation capacity,” Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Praful Patel said here today.

“It is totally feasible as the topography is suitable for production of solar power,” he said, adding that preliminary studies on the feasibility of the proposed plant are on.

“Once the studies are made available we would go ahead with the Gujarat project as well,” he added.

Patel was speaking at a function where State-run BHEL, SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India), SSL (Sambhar Salt Ltd), Power Grid Corporation, SJVNL (Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam) and REIL (Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Ltd) joined hands to set up a 4,000 MW ultra mega solar power project at Sambhar in Rajasthan.

It envisages an investment of Rs 7,500 crore in the first phase, BHEL Chairman and Managing Director B P Rao said here.

The project will come up on surplus land available with SSL in Sambhar.

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