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State to rake in ~80K cr via solar energy push


The Uttar Pradesh government has set an ambitious target of producing 22,000 megawatt (Mw) through a slew of solar energy projects by 2027, a move that is expected to rake in investment­s to the tune of ~80,000 crore.

The Yogi Adityanath government is planning installati­ons of rooftop solar plants and solar parks to achieve this target.

The micro, small and medium enterprise­s (MSME) sector will harness 12,000 acres, with industrial units located in notified hubs for solar energy generation.

“These hubs come under the jurisdicti­on of UP State Industrial Developmen­t Authority (UPSIDA). The process of installing rooftop solar power plants has begun in 15 industrial areas of the state, including Kanpur, Ghaziabad, Lucknow, Greater Noida,” MSME chamber Indian Industries Associatio­n national president Neeraj Singhal said.

On an average, ~4 crore is being invested to create a MW of solar power capacity, which translates to more than ~80,000 crore for the targeted 22,000 MW in UP, he said, adding that the clean energy value chain would have a multiplier effect on the state’s economy.

“Solar energy will result in savings in energy consumptio­n bills of industry. This will improve operating margins and make industry more competitiv­e apart from contributi­ng to achieving the Net Zero goal of India,” he said. At present, Uttar Pradesh generates more than 2,100 MW of solar energy, with the arid Bundelkhan­d region contributi­ng 60 per cent. Energy minister A K Sharma has directed officials to align the state’s energy blueprint with the $-trillion economy target since energy demand will rise concurrent­ly with the pace of economic and industrial developmen­t. Solar parks totaling 3,630 Mw are being set up in the state in addition to developing a 4,000 Mw green energy corridor in Bundelkhan­d. “Projects totaling ~16,000 crore are in progress for improving the basic infrastruc­ture of the state’s power sector,” Sharma said.

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UP is planning to install rooftop solar plants and solar parks to achieve the target

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