Solar Projects Worth 1.5 GW to be Commissioned by 2020 in UP

Uttar Pradesh is planning to commission 1.5 GW solar plants by next year, according to a state official.

UP 1.5 GW Solar

Uttar Pradesh is planning to commission 1.5 GW solar capacity power plants by next year, state minister for the department of additional sources of energy (UP), Brajesh Pathak has said.

The Centre has set a target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022, which includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power and 5 GW from small hydro-power. In this regard, the state government of Uttar Pradesh has set a target of producing 10,700 MW renewable energy by 2022. 

“We are confident of meeting our target in time. We aim to generate 4300 MW through rooftop solar installations. At present, solar power plants (totaling) 150 MW are running successfully. Tenders for 1500 MW solar plants have been done and by next year they will be commissioned as well,” the minister said. Besides, a 32 MW solar project is coming up at Jalaun in the state. 

The minister further said there is immense investment potential in the state while inviting investors to invest in Uttar Pradesh in the area of renewable energy. To boost the use and generation of green energy, the state government has launched Uttar Pradesh Solar Energy Policy 2017, he said. 

The policy aims to encourage the participation of the private sector and provide investment opportunities to set up solar power projects in the state. It also aims to support in providing environmentally friendly and affordable power for all, he added. 

“Another objective of the policy is to promote research and development, innovations and skill development in the state and achieve the target of 8 percent solar renewable purchase obligation (Solar RPO) by 2022,” he added. 

To attract investments in the state, an investor summit was organised in February 2018. During a session in the summit, Pathak had informed that about 46 MoUs worth over Rs 65,000 crore were signed for renewable energy.

Recently, State-run power utility NTPC has announced that it has won 40 MW solar energy projects in an auction conducted by Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA).

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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