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Welspun Renewables cements Punjab’s commitment to green energy with its Solar Project

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Welspun Renewables has announced that it has inaugurated Punjab’s largest solar photovoltaic power project. Spread across 140 acre in Bathinda district, the 32 MW (AC) green energy project was dedicated to the nation by Sardarni Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Hon’ble Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing, Government of India and Sardar Bikram Singh Majithia Hon’ble Minister for New & Renewable Energy, Government of Punjab. Like all its projects before, Welspun Renewables had commissioned this project ahead of committed timelines.

Sardarni Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Hon’ble Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing, Government of India said. “Renewable energy is a high priority sector. Our future development is intrinsically tied in with the development of this industry. Punjab has taken a lead in meeting a significant percentage of its energy deficit with solar projects. I congratulate the state and its people for aggressively embracing this change. Our government is committed to helping the state develop through all possible avenues of development.”

Sardar Bikram Singh Majithia Hon’ble Minister for New & Renewable Energy, Government of Punjab said, “We are committed to developing Punjab as a fully sustainable state. Ensuring the state’s upward development trend is important and therefore energy security is critical. We have opted to take an aggressive step by turning to solar energy for fueling energy needs of our industries and farmers. Through projects like these we are ensuring that our immediate future as well as that of our coming generations will be more secure and avert an otherwise polluted future.”

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Vineet Mittal, Vice Chairman Welspun Renewables said “Our 32 MW (AC) project strengthened our partnership with the state of Punjab and advancement of the state’s utility-scale solar industry. I am grateful that Honorable Sardarni Harsimrat Kaur Badalji and Honorable Sardar Bikram Singh Majithiaji have taken precious time out of his schedule to inaugurate our project. This project is a testament of our commitment to renewable energy. Our engineering expertise will ensure optimum generation from this project. While powering the state’s industries, we will also be working with our neighboring communities towards sustainable living.”

The Bathinda 32 MW (AC) solar project will annually be feeding 48 million units of clean & emission free energy into the Punjab state grid, for next 25 years. Approximately 1,331,525 tones of CO2 emissions will be mitigated within next 25 years by the power plant.

Welspun Renewables has been aggressively working to bring a difference to the country’s energy landscape. At present  the company’s footprint is spread across 8 different states in India. In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 175 GW renewable energy vision, the organization is committed to setting up 11 GW of renewable capacities. Towards this goal, in next few years we will be setting up 5 GW capacities, and of this 1 GW will be commissioned well within 2015-16. The company hopes to work closely with the Government of Punjab for the State becoming ‘energy secure’. Welspun Renewables has also signed an MoU for setting up an additional 151 MW solar capacity in the State of Punjab.

Solar PV | News published on 08 / 10 / 2015 by Rashmi Nargundkar

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