With the inauguration of Asia’s first solar park at Charanka village in Patan on April 19, Gujarat will be generating 600 MW solar power- the largest solar power producer state in India, says Narendra Modi, Chiuef Minister of Gujarat.
Speeaking in Vadodara, after inaugurating Jubilant Life Science Ltd’s special economic zone in Vilayat industrial estate at Vagra, the chief minister said that total solar power generation in the entire country is only 120 MW, while Gujarat will be generating 600 MW solar power.
Charanaka, a village nestled in a remote corner of the Patan district in north Gujarat, bordering the Rann of Kutch, was identified as the site to develop the dream Solar Park. The Rs15,000 crore park, on the lines of an industrial estate, is being developed by the sectoral nodal agency Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) on over 3,000 acres of land which comprises of 1000 acres of Government wasteland.
Narendra Modi said that in the process of generating 600 MW of solar power, the Charanka solar power project will help in reducing carbon dioxide emissions to the tune of eight million tonnes, and saving 9,00,000 tonnes of natural gas annually.
Being one of the first states to establish an agency dedicated to the development of renewable energy in 1979 Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA), Gujrat is well on the course to become the solar hub of the country. Gujarat has showcased a truly aggressive attitude towards harnessing optimum solar energy, as part of its Solar Policy 2009, and is well on the course to become the solar power hub of the country.