PM Modi, Emmanuel Macron inaugurate Uttar Pradesh’s biggest solar power plant
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday inaugurated Uttar Pradesh’s biggest solar power plant in Mirzapur district’s Chhanvey block.
The prime minister, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and chief minister Yogi Adityanath received the French president and his wife Brigitte at the airstrip here. The prime minister and the French president pressed a button to energise the solar panels and dedicated the 75 MW facility to the people.
Built at a cost of around Rs500 crore by French firm ENGIE, the 75 MW solar plant has come up at Dadar Kalan village on the hilly terrain of the Vindhyas range. Some 1,18,600 solar panels have been set up in over 380 acres. Power would be transmitted to Jigna sub-station of Mirzapur range of Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd, officials said.
The plant will generate 15.6 crore units of electricity annually, about 1.30 crore units per month. Addressing the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in New Delhi on Sunday, Modi had called for concessional financing and less-risky funds for solar projects to raise the share of solar power in the energy basket, provide cheaper electricity and cut carbon emissions.