The state government of Himachal Pradesh is working towards setting up an 880 MW mega solar park in Kaza town of Lahaul and Spiti district. The development work for the solar park has already been allocated to Satluz Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL)—a state-owned company in Himachal Pradesh that is mainly into hydropower project implementation and has also diversified into solar.
Speaking during a chief ministers’ session on the sidelines of RE-Invest 2020, Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, said that the State Government had identified renewable energy potential of 6 GW in Chenab basin as well as the Spiti area of the State.
He said, “Power projects have been allocated for execution to SJVNL, NTPC and NHPC on Chenab river basin. In addition to this, an 880 MW mega solar park has been allocated to SJVNL in Spiti area for development.”
Given the Chenab basin and Spiti areas’ high energy potential, the chief minister urged the Union Government to ask Power Grid Corporation to prepare an effective plan for power evacuation from these areas of the State.
The state government has identified Pangi valley of Chamba district as another area with immense scope for investment in solar energy. The site lacks grid connectivity.
The state government is also working on a Green Gaushala Scheme, under which biogas will be produced by harnessing solar power.
Notably, the National Institute of Solar Energy has identified 33 GW of solar energy generation potential for the state of Himachal Pradesh. Under India’s ‘100 GW solar by 2022’ target, the State has been asked to achieve 776 MW solar power by the year 2022.
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