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Punjab to develop solar power clusters to energise agri-pumps

Posted on Oct 24, 07:55PM | UNI

The Punjab government has decided to explore the possibility of developing solar power clusters to energise agri-pumps in rural areas besides setting up of solar panels on canals and roof tops of big buildings.

Presiding over a meeting late last night to review the progress of biomass as well as solar power plants in the state, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal pointed out that the state government was spending a huge amount on providing free power for agri-pumps in the state.

He said that there was a large scope for development of solar power clusters in the rural areas to provide power for agri-pumps directly thereby cutting the subsidy and further investing the saved money for production of clean energy.

By producing 1000 MW clean power Punjab could earn lot of carbon credits besides saving on subsidy. He asked Non-Renewable Energy Minister Bikram Singh Majithia to get a thorough study, including technical as well as financial viability of the proposed solar power clusters done.

Mr Majithia informed the Deputy Chief Minister that Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) was considering creating land pools in Kandi as well as Kalanaur area of Gurdaspur district to attract investment for setting up of big solar power plants.