Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir moves forward with its solar development plans

The government of the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has signed a memorandum of understanding with India’s Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for the construction of PV plants with a combined capacity of 7.5 GW within the state. According to local financial newspaper the Economic Times, all of the PV projects would be developed in the state’s Ladakh region, located in the Himalayas. The article does not provide details on individual projects and does not say when construction on the facilities is scheduled to begin.
In mid-February, India's Minister of Finance Palaniappan Chidambaram announced a government plan to build four PV plants with a combined capacity of 2 GW in the country. According to local news portal livemint, two of the projects would be built in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, while the other two would be installed in Gujarat and Rajasthan, respectively. Each project would have an individual capacity of 500 MW, and all four projects would be part of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. Chidambaram did not reveal further details on the projects.

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