Himachal Pradesh signs MoUs worth Rs1000 crore to set up solar plants

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Two  Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) worth Rs1000 crore were signed between the state government and two companies for setting up of Solar Power Plants in the State in the presence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

One MoU worth Rs600 crore was signed between the state government and Renew Energy for setting up of a 150 MW solar power plant in the state to produce green energy. This project is proposed to start production from 2021 and provide employment to over a thousand people.

Another MoU worth Rs400 crore was signed with CSE Development (India) for setting up of a 100 MW solar plant to produce renewable energy. This project on completion would provide employment to about 700 persons.

On behalf of the State government, the MoUs were signed by principal secretary, power and renewal energy resources Prabodh Saxena.

The projects, which have direct employment potential of about 1700 people besides providing self-employment avenues to thousands of people, would ensure availability of clean and environment-friendly energy to the State.

Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Jai Ram Thakur said: “The state government would facilitate the companies to obtain necessary permissions, clearances, etc from the concerned authorities at the earliest so that work on these projects could be started soon.”

“Efforts would be made to use modern environment-friendly technology for harnessing solar power and work to set up the plants would be initiated soon as land had already been identified in Una and Kangra districts.”

“The Union Government has fixed the target of harnessing about 99,533 MW of solar power in the country through renewal solar energy, out of which the State has been asked to achieve the target of 776 MW solar power by the year 2022,” informed the minister.