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India’s upcoming renewable energy park on its stretch leading to Pakistan

Next week the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, will be heading to Kutch to start the layout for the 30000-megawatt hybrid renewable energy park near the country’s border with Pakistan. The project is mega when scaled with similar projects globally. India’s government had declared its plan to develop 175 gigawatts of renewable energy in the next two years in the 100000-hectare wasteland close to Khavda. Eight months ago, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) authenticated the utilization of 72600 hectares of land to develop this energy park after evaluating its potential. 

The renewable energy park will fall into two sections, with the first section equal to 49600 hectares hosting wind and solar power plants worth 24800 megawatts. The other section will be a wind energy zone cover 23000 hectares. The project rests between Khavda and Vighakot villages. From Khavda, it would be 25 kilometers away, measuring the land that the citizens are authorized to enter. The second section is about 1 kilometer from the international border between the two countries. The other section is 6 kilometers from the border, a move which has forced the government to deploy the Border Security Force to maintain the peace at the boundary between the two countries. 

The acting chief secretary of the Energy and Petrochemicals Department, Sunaina Tomar, explained that they selected the land because it is a wasteland. Additionally, they decided to plant the pure windmills close to the border to mark the boundary. The government announced that it has awarded six developers the contracts to start installing renewable energy projects. Adani Green Energy Ltd, Gujarat State Electricity Corporation, Sarjan Realities Ltd, Gujarat Industries Power Company Ltd, and NTPC Ltd will oversee the development of the hybrid park zone to start generating wind and solar energy. The other section is under the management of Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), which has promised to develop the wind projects immediately the legislators authorize the initiation of the project. 

The chosen companies have received targets from the government that they must have developed in the next three years. The government advised them to ensure that half of the energy capacity is being produced. The government announced that the PowerGrid Corporation of India would supervise the distribution of the produced energy to the utilities and households. India has witnessed solar, and wind energy production grow ten times in the past decade and is hopeful that more projects can help the country transition to clean energy. 

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