A 11.5 MW rooftop solar energy plant, touted to be the largest of its kind in the world, was inaugurated by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in Beas near Amritsar on Tuesday.
Spread in an area of over 82 acres nearly 45 km away from Amritsar, the solar plant has been built at a cost of Rs139 crore by the Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB). It will generate nearly 150 lakh units annually and is expected to offset 19,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
CM Badal lauded the sect management for setting up the solar plant, while the state’s renewable energy minister Bikram Singh Majithia said the Punjab government was focussing on setting up solar energy plants across the state.
The state government had recently claimed that the state had set a national benchmark in solar power generation with a 172 times increase in just three years. Investment in the solar power sector increased from Rs 70 crore to over Rs12,000 crore in 2015, it was claimed.