17 Feb 2024

NHPC’s 300 MW Karnisar-Bhatiyan, Bikaner Solar Power Plant to produce 750 million units of green power annually; PM Modi lays foundation in Rajasthan

Bikaner: In a major thrust towards achieving Government’s ambitious Renewable Energy capacity addition target and the goal of Net Zero by the year 2070, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the 300 MW Solar Power Plant located at Karnisar-Bhatiyan vilage, in Poogal Tehsil, Bikaner, Rajasthan through video conferencing mode. The project is being set up by NHPC Limited with a total investment of over Rs. 1,732 crores. 

Equipped with cutting-edge technology, including high-efficiency bifacial modules manufactured in India, the solar project aligns with the Atma Nirbhar Bharat initiative. The project aims to produce around 750 million units of green power annually. This will thereby offset carbon dioxide emissions of approximately 18,000 million Metric tons over its lifetime.

Project will create employment opportunities

The project is scheduled for commissioning by September 2024. It has the potential to create around employment opportunities for approximately 600 individuals indirectly during the project phase and 100 personnel during the Operations & Maintenance phase. 

Furthermore, as per the provisions of Solar Policy of the state, the Government of Rajasthan will also get a contribution towards Rajasthan Renewable Energy Development Fund for development of large power system infrastructure for grid management, other supporting infrastructure and facilitation works for the stakeholders.

The function was also graced by Chief Minister of Rajasthan Bhajan Lal Sharma; Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy R. K. Singh; Union Minister for Law & Justice and Member of Parliament from Bikaner Arjun Ram Meghwal. 

NHPC Limited is India's leading hydropower company. NHPC has a total installed capacity of 7097.2 MW of Renewable Energy (including wind and solar) through its 25 power stations, including 1520 MW through subsidiaries. 

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