World's largest solar thermal power station to be set-up in Gujarat
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 Leave a Comment
There are some very exciting times coming our way. Clinton Foundation has decided to chip in the Gujarat Solar Market progress. Clinton Foundation in partnership with the Gujarat government will set up a solar thermal power station in Banaskantha district in North Gujarat, official sources said.
An official in the Chief Minister Office (CMO) said Clinton Foundation and Gujarat government will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) within a month regarding setting up a 3000 MW solar thermal power plant in the state with an investment of around Rs. 20,000 crore.
The Foundation will get funding from international agencies at lower interest rates for the project.
It may be noted that a delegation headed by Clinton Foundation president, Ira Magaziner called on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi yesterday to discuss how the foundation can forge a new partnership with the state government in the area of clean energy.
This was second visit of the officials from the Clinton Foundation, said state government officials.
According to the CMO official, state industry department has been asked to find a suitable location in Banaskantha district for setting up the plant.
The water needed for the project will be made available from Narmada canal.
The set-up of 3000 MW solar plant can contribute towards the state's increasing power needs. Gujarat can also strategize of exporting the surplus power to the power-shortage neighbouring states such as Maharashtra. Hope Mr. Narendra Modi can pull this off and we can see many more such renewable projects coming through.