New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the world's largest hybrid renewable energy (RE) park in Gujarat's Kutch on Tuesday. The 30,000 MW park is coming up in Kharera. The hybrid renewable energy park will be the world's largest with both windmills and solar panels being set up to generate power. While remarking that energy security and water security are vital in the 21st century, Modi said Gujarat has been a pioneer in strengthening solar energy capacities of the state and the country.
The ambitious Kutch Hybrid RE park has been on top priority for the Central government. The project has been running behind schedule by more than two years, however, it was put on fast track by the Gujarat state government after intervention by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). The Gujarat cabinet cleared the long-pending proposal for the RE park in Kutch in September by approving a proposal to allot 60,000 hectares of land for the mega project.
Companies like SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India), NTPC, GIPCL, GSEC, Adani Power and Suzlon have been allotted land in the park for developing solar and wind power plants of varying capacities.
The solar and wind energy park in Kutch is expected to generate 41.5 GW of renewable power. The park has been a centrepiece of India's RE story because of the availability of transmission infrastructure and assured demand for power because of the level of industrialisation in Gujarat. The park is one of the select projects of national importance that the PM reviews at his monthly PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation) system. The government has set 2022 as the deadline for the completion of the project. It is expected to attract investment of around Rs 1.35 lakh crore.
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