Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundations today for what he said will be the largest renewable energy park in the world that will produce a massive 30 gigawatts of electricity.
The vast project in the Kutch region of western Gujarat spread over 1,80,000 acres – the size of Singapore – will contain solar panels, solar energy storage and windmills.
“The hybrid renewable park will be the largest in the world and will generate 30,000 megawatts of power,” PM Modi said as he inaugurated the energy park and adjacent desalination plant.
“Energy security and water security are vital in the 21st century,” PM Modi said. “The two main projects of the renewable energy park and the desalination plant inaugurated today in Kutch are steps to achieve the two.”
PM Modi’s home energy project will be responsible for much of India’s ambitious goal of producing 175 GW in renewable energy by 2022 and 450 GW by 2030.
PM Modi, 70, said it would also help India reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by up to 50 million tonnes a year.
The desalination plant will be able to process 100 million liters of water per day for 8 lakhs living in the arid region.