West Bengal asks Centre to partially fund 1,000 mw-solar power storage system
KOLKATA: West Bengal government has asked the Centre to fund a portion of a project that it has designed to store 1,000 mw of solar power that can be sent out as and when required. The state has devised its power storage system at a time when the Centre has decided to test mega-watt level storage batteries. “It is clean energy and we deserve the fund from the Centre. We hope to tie up with multilateral agencies for funding a portion of the project cost,” state power minister Manish Gupta said in Kolkata on Wednesday.
The pumped storage system will be set up at Turga in the state’s Purulia district and cost about Rs 11,000 crore, Gupta said. The state government has asked the Centre to fund 40 per cent of this project cost from the clean energy fund, he said. Another Rs 6,000 crore will be required to set up a 1,200 mw solar capacity at the same location. ” West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has already written to the power ministry for approval of the grant for Turga project, which is innovative and promotes clean energy mission,” said Gupta.