Gujarat dedicates 600 MW solar farm and India’s first 1MW solar Canal to the nation!
“Our commitment to Renewable Energy is an integral part of our commitment to address the issue of Global warming and Climate change. In fact, I have been saying that it is an issue of ‘Climate Justice’. It is a part of our concern for the future generations.”
– Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat
When it comes to green, clean energy, the State of Gujarat has been the pioneer and leader in solar power generation and contributes 2/3rd of the 900 MW power generated in the country.
In Gujarat’s bid to become a solar capital, the Chief Minister Narendra Modi dedicated 600 MW solar power generation capacity to the nation on April 19 at Charanka village of Patan district, making it Asia’s biggest solar park. The park has been functioning on multi-developers and multi-beneficiaries paradigm and has been awarded for being the most innovative and environment-friendly project by the CII.
It is noteworthy that Gujarat government has come up with various initiatives in the field on non-conventional energy sources with a view to promote environment-friendly industrial development. Gujarat was the first state to launch a full-fledged climate department and lauched a comprehensive solar policy in 2009 to address growing environmental concerns. It has also been the first state in India to achieve the mandatory requirement of energy generated from renewable resources under Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO).
With a view to make Gandhinagar a solar city, the State government has launched roof-top solar power generation scheme. Under this scheme, the State has planned to generate five megawatt of solar power by putting solar panels on about 50 state government buildings and on 500 private buildings.
The State has planned to generate solar power by putting solar panels on the Narmada canal branches. As a part of this scheme, the State has already commissioned one megawatt solar plant at the Narmada canal near Chandrasan area of Kadi Taluka. This has helped to stop 90,000 lac liter water of Narmada river from evaporating.
Apart from this, the State government has also come with the initiatives for exploiting the wind and tidal energies in line with its approach of promoting renewable energy sources in the power generation.