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Modi, Macron Inaugurate Uttar Pradesh’s Biggest Solar Power Plant

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron today 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 at Dadar Kalan.

Modi and the French president pressed a button to energise the solar panels and dedicated the 75 megawatt facility to the people.

Built at a cost of around Rs 500 crore by French firm ENGIE, the 75-megawatt 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.

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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 in New Delhi yesterday, 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.

Modi, the chief architect of ISA, that seeks to bring together 121 nations, said India will generate 175 gigawatts of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2022. This will be more than double the present renewable energy capacity and be enough to overtake renewable expansion in the European Union for the first time.

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India needs some $83 billion between financial years 2018 and 2022 to meet its 175 gigawatt target, according to industry estimates. At present, the country's renewable energy installed capacity is 63 gigwatts. Solar and wind power tariffs have dropped to an all-time low of Rs 2.44 per unit and Rs 3.46 per unit, among the lowest in the world.

The ISA, headquartered in Gurgaon on Delhi’s outskirts, is now a treaty-based inter-governmental organisation. It was established following the Paris Declaration as an alliance dedicated to the promotion of solar energy among its member countries.

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