Daily newspaper Economic Times has reported that state-run thermal energy giant NLC will set up a 1 GW of solar project in the Indian state of Assam in a joint venture with the state government. The PV installation will entail investment of INR 5,000 crore.
The project will come upon government land. The newspaper quoted state chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, as saying that the state government has already allotted 1,254 hectares (5,000 bighas) of land for the solar power project in Dima Hasao.
Assam has an estimated solar power generation potential of 13.76 GWp. The state has taken a big leap towards PV generation with two big solar plants commissioned recently: New Delhi-based Azure Power’s 90 MW solar power project in Assam is now fully operational. Noida-based Jakson Group has commissioned the 70 MW Amguri Solar Park in the state. Both the projects will supply electricity to Assam Power Distribution Co. Ltd. under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
The Assam project adds to the growing renewables portfolio of NLC, which is undertaking wind and solar power projects across India to diversify its revenue base.
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