Solar farm along Mumbai-Pune expressway to boost green power in state

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Residents of the city can expect a higher quantum of green power coming their way in the months to come. The state may also be able to pump into its grid the 1,000 MW that it is currently unable to generate because of shortage of coal.

The Union power ministry recently requested the state government to set up a solar power plant along the Mumbai-Pune expressway. It also asked Coal India to provide coal from the mines located near the state.

Union power and coal minster Piyush Goyal in a meeting with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis assured all support to the state to set up the solar farm.

Now that the BJP is in power, the project has come as an indication that the state will toe the line of Gujarat, where solar power plants have come up in a big way.

Goyal was in the city on Tuesday with his team from the power and coal ministry to interact with Fadnavis and representatives of state power utilities to help resolve issues such as 35% coal shortage and the resultant generation shortfall of 1,000 MW of power .

A senior Mantralaya official said talks were on with the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) to identify the stretch of the expressway along which solar photovoltaic plates could be planted.

“We have an option of a stretch between Lonavla and Panvel,” an official, who did not wish to be named, said. “We may also have some land along the expressway between Lonavla and Pune.”

Principal secretary (energy) Ajoy Mehta said Goyal was positive about improving the availability of coal. In the state, 85% of generation is from thermal power plants.

Source: Times Of India

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