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Punjab set for revolution in renewable energy sector: Sukhbir

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Punjab was all set for major "revolution" in renewable energy sector due to a large scale investment in solar power projects, unique net metering policy and farm-level solar power projects, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today said.

He also said that the initiatives by the state government will ensure wider participation of investors, common people and farmers.

Badal was speaking after Upkar Singh Sandhu took over as Chairman of Punjab Energy Development Agency here, according to an official release. He was accompanied by Punjab Revenue, New and Renewable Energy Minister Bikram Singh Majithia.

The Deputy CM appreciated the efforts of Majithia and his team for "outstanding" achievements on Renewable energy front, saying that in February 2012, the state had installed capacity of just 9 MW which has now reached 225 MW with an investment of Rs 1,500 crore".

He said that 24 new projects of 229 MW capacity plus 65 MW rooftop projects with an investment of Rs 2,100 crore were all set to kick off soon.

Underlining the need for promotion of clean energy in a big way, Badal said that the time has come to harness the big potential available in solar energy and bio-mass energy and it could be possible only through wider participation of various sections of the society.

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First Published: Wed, May 20 2015. 18:42 IST