Punjab, which has been acclaimed as a harbinger of green revolution in India, is now on the threshold of bringing ‘Solar Power Revolution’. World’s largest Single Rooftop Solar Power Plant with capacity of 11.5 MW installed by the Radha Soami Satsang Beas Educational and Environmental Society (RSSBEES) with technical collaboration of Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has brought Punjab on the World’s map of solar energy.
This unique solar power project at Dera Beas will be instrumental in abatement of 4 lac tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the next 25 years, which is equivalent to planting nearly 2 lakh trees. This project will generate clean and green energy sufficient to power approximately 8000 homes. Besides, this project would also go a long way in creating awareness about eco-friendly solar power amongst the general public as one crore devotees visit Dera Baba Jaimal Singh annually.
Dera Beas hosts solar solar project worth Rs. 139 crore , which is country’s largest Solar power plant spread over 82 acres of rooftop in single campus on multiple roofs with installed capacity of 19.5 MW.
“Government of India has set a target of power generation of 40,000 MW from different resources of renewable energy to be achieved by 2022 and this project would be a role model to encourage other states to replicate such large rooftops on the building/sheds”, says Punjab New & Renewable Energy Resources Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia. Punjab’s immense contribution to tap enormous power potential from various renewable energy resources is evident from the fact that the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi awarded Punjab for being one of the best performing States for capacity addition of Solar Energy during Re-Invest-2015.
PEDA has been making all out efforts to bring solar power revolution in the state. Pertinently to mention here that Punjab, which just produced 9 MW in Feb 2012, is now generating 470 MW which is likely to touch 1080 MW by the end of this year, thereby registering an increase by over 115 times. Likewise, the investment in this sector has steeply gone up from Rs. 82 crore. in 2012 to nearly Rs. 10,000 crore now with an employment potential of 12,500 persons. Punjab is all set to achieve its target of 2552 MW of renewable energy generation by 2022.
Recognizing Punjab’s immense contribution in power generation from new and renewable resources, the Ministry of Renewable Energy, GoI had awarded state for outstanding performance during 2014-15 in achieving highest grid connected solar rooftop power capacity addition in the country. The state was also bestowed with “Shreshtha Rashtriya Sourya Urja Rajya Puraskaar” in 2015 by Renewable Energy Promotion Association of India.