The Indian government is working towards making the union territory of Ladakh carbon-neutral, just as the nation’s Sikkim has made its mark as an organic State in the north-east. And renewable energy is set to play an important role in achieving this goal as the State enjoys high solar irradiance and hydel potential.
“In the various assessments done, Ladakh has a potential of 30 GW of solar, 5 GW of wind, 2 GW of hydro, and 300 MW of geothermal,” Radha Krishna Mathur, Lieutenant Governor, Ladakh, said last year.
Now power minister RK Singh has announced the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is already working towards the installation of 10 GW hybrid renewable power projects in the Union Territory of Ladakh.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and Ladakh Administration are identifying land for this project. And the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) is preparing the detailed project report for the necessary transmission infrastructure, the minister informed.
The government has also approved the setting up of solar-plus-battery storage projects in Leh. The scheme includes a 20 MW (AC) solar project with a 50 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in Phyang village and a 1 MW hybrid renewable energy power project with 1 MWh BESS in Nyoma village.
Further, SECI has awarded the projects and signed power purchase agreements for 1 MW solar power project with 2 MWh BESS at Siachen Base Camp and 1 MW solar power project with 2 MWh BESS at Partapur.
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