India to add 100 MW solar power capacity

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has signed power purchase agreements for increased solar power capacity for as much as 100 mw. Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister, MNRE, said, “We have received around 300 applications from various companies for the construction of solar projects. The ministry has also sought expressions of interest from companies to construct solar capacity to the tune of 700 MW.” Deepak Gupta, secretary, MNRE, also added, “We have also approved yet another 25 MW for off grid power.” Off grid power would help supply power to areas like villages, border areas and other remote places which are not connected to the solar grid.

The government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) has recommended the implementation of an installed capacity of 20,000 MW by the end of the 13th Five Year Plan, in 2022, to be implemented in three stages.

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