Gujarat receives solar powered goodies from Tata Group and William J Clinton Foundation
Tata Power, one of India’s largest energy producers, is all set to have a part of the country go solar powered, with the largest installation of solar panels in India to find its place in the state of Gujarat. Also home to the Tata Nano plant, the world’s cheapest car, the state will now play host to yet another project by the company, this time with a heart and soul of green. Tata Power has planned a set up of 50 Mw solar photovoltaic power project at Mithapur in Gujarat, which will be the largest of its kind in the country. The firm also plans to set up a 5 Mw geothermal project in the state, with the company pumping in $50 million for a 10 per cent stake in Australian company Geodynamics. The US based William J Clinton Foundation’s program, the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), have hooked up with the state government to set up five solar parks in Gujarat producing a total of 3000 Mw.
The Gujarat government had earlier allocated 716 Mw of solar power capacity to 34 national and international project developers, and many companies are now eager to do so. Will this be India’s greenest and most eco-friendly state? Only time will tell.