Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that the state is all set to become a hub of solar energy generation, adding that Surat itself will produce half of the total power generated in Gujarat in the coming years.
He said this at the inauguration ceremony of Sugen Mega Power plant at Kamrej in Surat. This is India’s first and also the largest private sector gas-based power project. It will produce clean energy of 1100 MW.
Modi said: “Surat has all five — hydro, thermal, gas, nuclear and liquid-based — power plants, which is not found anywhere else in the country. In 2012, Surat will cross the present total power production in Gujarat.”
He announced to give power connection to all the tribal farmers — who had applied for the same for their agricultural fields — during the Swarnim Gujarat Celebrations next year. “Work for setting up of a substation for transmission of power is under progress,” he said.
Modi said the state will produce 3000 MW of solar energy in the coming years and a plant will be also set up in Vadodara, wherein foreign companies will have manufacturing units of gigantic transformers.