Assam taps into its Solar potential

<p>On 27th of Feb, Chief Minister of Assam, Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal laid the foundation stone for a <strong>Solar Park</strong> proposed at Japisajia village of Amguri in Sibsagar district,  with a production <strong>capacity of 70 MW</strong> in a bid to boost power production, promote clean energy in the state and make it self sufficient in the aspect of power production.</p><p>340 acres of land has been allotted for the same, with 25 years of production life. The park is also to provide facilities for <strong>Research & Development</strong> in the field of Solar Energy and also act as a <strong>center for generating awareness</strong> on the use and value of solar power.</p><p>Assam has a <strong>total installed power generation capacity of 1,599.65 MW</strong> as of now, and amongst other Northeastern states, has the highest potential for solar energy with an estimated <strong>potential of 14 GW</strong>. The target is to generate 6500MW by the year 2030.</p><p>The Chief Minister also informed that in the Gas and Oil sector, an investment of around Rs 40,000 Crore has already been sanctioned.</p><p>The <strong>Assam Power Generation Corporation Limited (APGCL)</strong> had issued the tender inviting proposal from interested power producing companies/solar developers for the allotment of the 70 MW of <strong>Grid-Connected ground-mounted solar photovoltaic projects </strong>to be implemented in Amguri Solar Park in January.</p><p>The price bids for the tender were opened on 18 February 2019, and APGCL had fixed the upper ceiling for quoted tariff at Rs 3.50/ unit. The maximum period for the commissioning of the project is 12 months.</p><p> </p><p>As compiled from</p><p>                <a href="">Economic Times</a></p><p>                <a href="">Saur Energy International</a></p><p>                <a href="">Advantage Assam</a></p>