Piyush Goyal announces 2,000 MW solar project for Punjab

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Minister of state for power, coal and renewable energy Piyush Goyal on Tuesday said the Centre has decided to set up a 2,000 MW solar power plant in Punjabon the request of state’s chief ministerParkash Singh Badal.

Goyal was speaking to reporters after a meeting with Badal, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and the state’s non-conventional energy minister Bikram Singh Majithia. The meeting was called to discuss Punjab’s power sector reforms and efforts to increase the state’s power generation capacity.

Goyal said state-run power generator NTPCBSE 1.08 % will buy half of the 2,000 MW solar power produced in Punjab. Badal told the Union minister that his government would soon give a detailed proposal on its plan to install 100 MW solar panels on rooftops of government buildings.

Goyal told the chief minister that Rural Electrification Corporation and Power Finance Corporation will jointly provide Rs 400 crore to the state government to install smart electricity meters in Punjab, adding that the state will have to provide the remaining Rs 100 crore for the project.

He also asked the state government to give his ministry a comprehensive proposal for the use of imported coal with low ash content in place of indigenous coal.

Badal said the state’s demand for power was nearly 8,600 MW, while its installed capacity was 6,200 MW. He asked Goyal to provide an additional 3.5 coal rakes per day fromCentral Coalfield Ltd during the paddy season and enhance coal linkages for Rajpura and Talwandi Sabo power plants.

Source: Economic Times

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