Senior officials from the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India's MNRE for the implementation of 7.5 GW worth of solar power projects.
During a high-level meeting chaired by MNRE Union minister Farooq Abdullah, the MoU agreement gave the green light for a planned 5 GW capacity solar project in Ladakh and a proposed 2.5 GW project in Kargil.
The MoU was the result of a committed continuance of Indian government support for state-led initiatives, said Abdullah, who waxed lyrical on the solar potential of both regions mentioned in the draft.
Ladakh, said the minister, could quite easily add 30 GW of solar PV capacity, with this MoU the first step on a long path towards a clean and green future. The region is located in India's Himalayas and enjoys stable levels of high irradiance and an abundance of available land.
Abdullah also revealed how the government has thrown its weight behind various smaller solar PV projects in Kashmir and Jammu in an attempt to aid the country's National Solar Mission.
According to local media, India's Minister of Finance, Palaniappan Chidambaram, said in February that the government plans to build four additional PV plants totaling 2 GW across the country. Two of these plants will be located in Kashmir and Jammu, with the other two penciled in for the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat.
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