Akhilesh Yadav inaugurates UP’s first solar power plant
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav known for his concern for environmental causes, inaugurated the first solar power plant of Uttar Pradesh in Bara Banki district on Thursday.
The 2 MW power plant set up at a cost of Rs 25 crore by Technical Associates Ltd is connected to the grid and power production has been commissioned.
Speaking on the occasion, Akhilesh Yadav who studied environmental engineering in Australia, said that it was a major milestone for the state and would ensure clean power for UP which has been reeling under huge power shortage. He said that the state governments budget would be tabled in the forthcoming assembly session and it would lay stress on boosting power production as it was crucial for industrialization and economic growth. He said that some bureaucrats had proposed increasing power tariffs to raise more revenue but he struck down the proposal.
“Untill we are able to provide enough power availability to our people, we will not increase tariffs for the common man” Akhilesh Yadav said.
Director, Technical Associates, Vinamra Agarwal said that they had invested about Rs 25 crore in the project and are looking at setting up other such projects elsewhere in the medium term. He said that the solar plant is situated in Sandauli village of Bara Banki district and would help the local economy with jobs and other opportunities.
Managing Director, Non Conventional Energy Development Agency (NEDA) and Madhyanchal
Power Distribution Corporation, Niteshwar Kumar said that the project was Uttar Pradesh’s first solar plant to come up under the Jawahar Lal Nehru Solar Mission scheme and would show the way to other such projects for which there was immense potential in UP. He said that solar power plants provide reliable and clean power besides helping them meet Renewable Purchase Obligations mandated by the centre.