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NRI sets up first solar power plant on India-Pakistan border in Punjab



Tarn Taran (Punjab): Punjab’s New and Renewable Energy Minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Saturday inaugurated a 2.10 MW solar power plant in a village near the India-Pakistan border.

NRI Ranbir Singh Chhina of Abundant Energy Private Ltd has set up the plant, the state’s first, in Chhina Bidhi Chand village at an investment of Rs.16.40 crore.

Majithia said that solar energy was one of the most abundant energy sources in the state and the state’s farmers who made India self-reliant in foodgrains were now all set to become entrepreneurs by harnessing solar power from their fields.

He said keeping in view the ever-increasing response to government’s efforts to promote renewable energy, a new “land on lease” scheme has been launched.

In just two weeks, around 5,000 acres has been offered by farmers and NRIs, which would be further given to investors on a 30 year lease at an annual lease amount ranging from Rs.35,000 to 50,000 per acre.

Majithia said in just two years, the solar power generation in the state has been enhanced to 225 MW from nine MW. He said 24 new projects of 229 MW capacity in the fields plus 65 MW rooftop projects with an investment of Rs.2,100 crore would be commissioned soon.  (IANS)

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Palestinians Inaugurates First Solar Plant to Reduce Dependence on Israeli Power Sources

Palestinian workers install solar panels at Khan Younis Waste Water Treatment Plant, in the southern Gaza Strip

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Palestinian workers install solar panels at Khan Younis Waste Water Treatment Plant, in the southern Gaza Strip July 31, 2018. Picture taken July 31, 2018. VOA

Palestinian officials say they have inaugurated their first solar panel plant as part of a plan to reduce their dependence on Israeli power sources.

Mohammed Mustafa, head of the government’s investment fund, says that Tuesday’s plant opening in the ancient West Bank city of Jericho is one of four planned plants. One has been donated from China.

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Workers install photovoltaic solar panels at the Gujarat solar park under construction in Charanka village in Patan district of the western Indian state of Gujarat, India. VOA

He says the Palestinians rely almost entirely on power imported from Israel and the new plants are part of a long-term project to reduce that by 50% over the next decade. He says the four panel stations should cover about 30% of Palestinian power consumption.

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Mustafa says the West Bank consumes about $700 million a year in electricity. (VOA)