Gandhinagar, April 17:
Gujarat is set to emerge as India's largest solar power destination as the Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, dedicates 600 MW solar power projects to the nation on Thursday.
Currently, India’s total solar power production is nearly 900 MW, two-thirds of which will be produced by Gujarat alone.
On Thursday, Mr Modi will launch India’s first Solar Power Park with power generation capacity of 500 MW in 3,000 acres at village Charanka, Randhanpur taluka, in Patan district. Currently, it has an aggregated operational capacity of 214 MW of solar power projects commissioned at a single location.
Private companies have set up their solar power plants in this park.
The State’s solar power project also covered districts such as Anand, Banaskantha, Jamnangar, Junagadh, Kutch, Porbandar, Rajkot, Surat, and Surendranagar.
These will also be dedicated on this occasion, official sources said here.
The Patan ceremony will be attended by representatives from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the USA.
The Gujarat Solar Park is an innovative concept of the State Government to promote solar installations in which it allocated developed land to the project developers with the entire infrastructure including power evacuation, roads and water for commissioning of the power project put on fast track.
Under its Solar Power Policy, the State Government had signed up MoUs for generation of 968.5 MW of solar power by December 2011 and also took an initiative to launch the Gujarat Solar Park with a vision to build it as the world's largest solar power park. Its foundation stone was laid in December, 2010.
The 600 MW solar power project dedication ceremony will be followed by the “India Solar Summit 2012: Investment and Technology Expo” to be held in Gandhinagar on April 20 and 21, said Mr D.J. Pandian, Principal Secretary, Energy and Petrochemicals Department.