Indian Government To Build 25,000 MW Solar Power Project In Ladakh As Part Of Green Push 

Swarajya Staff

Aug 09, 2018, 10:36 AM | Updated 10:35 AM IST

Solar panels set up in Ladakh’s Yarat village (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
Solar panels set up in Ladakh’s Yarat village (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

The Indian government is planning to set up a 25,000 megawatt (MW) power plant in Ladakh to make the economy greener, Livemint has reported.

As per Union Power Minister R.K. Singh, the high altitude Himalayan region has a huge potential for the generation of solar power. When completed, the power generated from the Ladhak project would be supplied to Una in Himachal Pradesh.

He was also quoted as saying that the while carrying out developmental projects one needs to keep in mind that the environment is protected and nurtured.

Singh made this statement on Wednesday while speaking at a meeting organised by NITI Aayog, involving policymakers and business leaders, for finding sustainable development solutions.

As per an ANI report, Singh stated that India currently has an energy capacity of 345,000 MW and generates a peak requirement of 170,000 MW. He claimed that the country added 100,000 MW of renewable energy in the past four years. He also said that the government is committed to bringing down power prices from Rs 8 per unit to Rs 3.50 per unit.

He thereby expressed confidence that India would achieve its clean energy goals before 2022.

NITI Aayog’s CEO Amitabh Kant who also spoke at the meeting asserted that India needs to heighten its focus on electric and hydrogen-fuelled cars.

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