2 GW solar plant to help fix Indian state's energy shortfall

India’s energy minister announced this week that a 2000 MW solar power plant is to be built in Punjab state.

The announcement came after the minister, Piyush Goyal, met with Punjab’s chief minister Parkash Singh Badal over the state’s energy shortfall. Energy demand in Punjab is nearly 8600 MW, while installed capacity reaches just 6200 MW.

According to newspaper the Hindustan Times, Badal said three coal-fired power projects currently under development would boost the state’s generation capacity to 13,600 MW.

Of the three plants at Rajpura (pictured), Talwandi Sabo and Goindwal Sahib, the Rajpura plant’s 700 MW first unit came online in February while the 700 MW second unit is still under construction. The 660 MW Unit 1 of the supercritical Talwandi Sabo plant came online in November 2013, while the next three 660 MW units are under construction.  The 540 MW Goindwal Sahib plant is under construction.

Goyal reportedly promised that 1000 MW of the new solar plant’s capacity would be bought by the state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation.

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