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Power generation: Out of 20,000 MWs power generation potential, only 3504.90 MW harnessed so far

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Govt to set up solar projects to generate 750 MW power

Srinagar: With increase in power demand in Jammu and Kashmir, authorities have said that the region has a potential of generating 20,000 Megawatt (MW) of hydel power. ‘However, only 3504.90 MW have been harnessed so far’.

The UT’s Planning and Monitoring Department in ‘JK Vision Document 2047’ has stated, “Opportunities J&K is bestowed with huge hydel generation potential, however, out of total identified potential of 20,000 Megawatt (MW), only 3504.90 MW has been harnessed so far leaving as much as 16500 MW of the identified potential is yet to be tapped.

The document further read, “As such, there is huge scope for developing small and mega size hydro projects in the coming 25 years to harness the said potential which would require an investment of around Rs 20,000,0 Cr as per the current PL.”

It also states that in the transmission sector also, capacities shall be created progressively for which J&K may follow TBCB route or JV formation for the execution of upcoming transmission projects.

Stating the opportunities for the concerned authorities, the document further reveals that in order to improve efficiency in the distribution sector, studies are underway to decide the most suitable model for privatization of distribution functions in J&K.

“With so many power infrastructure development projects in pipeline or conceptualized, J&K will soon unleash huge employment opportunities for the youth,” it reads.

Principal Secretary Power Development Department (PDD) H Rajesh Prasad was not available for his comments over the issue.

Meanwhile, authorities have said that it has identified land for development of solar projects which will effectively generate power to the extent of ‘750 MW’.

According to the official documents “J&K has already identified land for development of solar projects which will effectively generate power to the extent of 750 MW, requiring an investment of around Rs 4,000 Cr.”

“In addition, the potential for setting up floating solar projects is yet to be assessed,” it reads.

The official documents further reveal that “In view of the huge unexploited potential to develop generation projects through renewable resources, J&K, in the coming years, shall become a hub of investment opportunities for the developers and private players in the generation sector.”

As per the document, Jammu and Kashmir has a potential to produce 111050 MW of solar energy.

Jammu and Kashmir is followed by Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, which as per the document has a potential to produce 64320, 61660, and 38440 MWs of solar energy.

Currently, Jammu and Kashmir has 27.25MW of installed capacity of solar power. (KNO)


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