MUMBAI: India plans to build a string of renewable energy projects along its sun-baked, wind-whipped western border, officials said Monday, as New Delhi continues an ambitious programme to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Mired in an economic slowdown, the Government has tripled spending over the last three years as part of its push to cut down the use of oil and coal.
“We are studying land feasibility and have identified projects worth 30 gigawatt capacity for Gujarat and 25 gigawatt capacity for Rajasthan,” Anand Kumar, new and renewable energy secretary, told reporters.
The Government had zeroed in on barren desert areas in a bid to avoid using agricultural land, he said, adding the sunny and windy region was ideally suited to renewable energy facilities.
Work on the projects would begin roughly 18 months after approval from the Defence Ministry and following land feasibility studies, he said. (AGENCIES)