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Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate Solar Park at Charanka village in Santalpur taluka of Patan district on December 30. This is considered as Gujarat's huge step to tackle the issue of climate change.

The project will produce 500-MW of power with the use of renewable energy source. Use of solar energy will decrease the CO2 emission by 8 lakh million ton and save the bio-fuels like coal and gas. This is a first-ever project in entire Asia and with 500-MW of power production through solar energy, Gujarat will be the first state in the country to take such measure.

The solar park is likely to get solar energy for 330 days in a year amounting 5.5 to 6.0 KW per Sq.km solar radiation every day. Gujarat government has agreed upon buying 933-MW of power under its new solar power policy, which is a remarkable move in the solar power sector of India.

The solar park at Charanka village will be constructed on the land of 2000-hectare for the phase-1. Out of which 1000-hectare is a waste land. Land acquisition process is still in progress. Works for the transmission of the power produced on the site have been started by Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Ltd (GETCO).

All the resources needed to produce electricity will be provided to the producer on the site ensuring a saving of time and money both for government and the energy-producers. In the phase-1, land will be acquired mainly by GPCL. Plots will be separated out and will be given to energy-developers for the lease of 30 years. Facilities like water, electricity, roads, rain water drainage, power transmission facility and others will be provided to power producers. Government is done with the onsite studies like topography survey, geotechnical survey and others.

State government will also establish projects like solar plant machinery manufacturing, research and development and others. Government will also work for training and research in order to provide technical manpower.

The project will also develop the remote villages like Charanka. Besides, the state will see an investment of around 7500-crore. The park will also have a need for assembling, civil works, electrical wiring, solar panel cleaning and others and thus will give employment to large number of local people.

It is worth noting that Gujarat is taking initiative in the use of wind energy, solar energy, hydro power and tidal energy. Gujarat has brought out its solar power policy in 2009 and it got unprecedented response. Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit held in 2009 saw MOUs with 57 companies for the production of 9606 MW. The new solar policy will likely to fetch an investment of Rs.65,000-crore in coming three to four years. Use of solar and other renewable energy will ensure low carbon emission, clean environment and an employment for around 40,000 people.

Commissionerate of Information, Gujarat

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