Two Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) worth Rs. 1000 crore were signed between the state government and two companies for setting up of Solar Power Plants in the State in the presence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur here today.One MoU worth Rs. 600 crore was signed between State Government and M/s Renew Energy Pvt. Ltd. through Director of the Company Prabhat Kumar Mishra for setting up of 150 MW Solar Power Plant in the State to produce green energy. This project is proposed to start production from 2021 and provide employment to over 1000 persons While another MoU worth Rs. 400 crore was also signed with M/s CSE Development (India) Pvt. Ltd. for setting up of 100 MW Solar Plant to produce renewal energy by Director Business Development & Head Open Access Vikram Madan on behalf of the company. This project on completion would provide employment to about 700 persons.On behalf of the State Government, the MoUs were signed by Principal Secretary, Power and Renewal Energy Resources Prabodh Saxena.
The projects, which have direct employment potential of about 1700 people besides self-employment avenues to thousands of people, would ensure availability of clean and environment friendly energy to the State.The Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, speaking on the occasion, said that the State Government would facilitate the companies to obtain necessary permissions and clearances etc. from the concerned authorities at the earliest so that work on these projects could be started soon. He said that efforts would be made to use modern environment friendly technology for harnessing solar power and work to set up the plants would be initiated soon as land had already been identified in Una and Kangra districts.He said that Union Government has fixed the target of harnessing about 99533 MW solar power in the country through renewal solar energy out of which the State has been asked to achieve the target of exploitation of 776 MW solar power by the year 2022. Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Special Secretary, MPP and Power Hem Raj Bairwa, MD JB Power Channel Partner of Clean Tech Solar Energy Girish Bhayana and other senior officers were present on the occasion.