Chandigarh: The Punjab Government has set a target to generate 400 megawatt power through solar power plants in the state.
"Punjab has abundant sunlight which is available for more than 330 days in a year with good insulation levels, so the abundant energy can be utilized for generation of power during the day time through solar power plants," an official release said here today.
"The projects which were earlier considered uneconomical are now considered acceptable and viable in view of the steep increase of cost of several other forms of energy and the rapid depletion of conventional sources," it said.
The state government has recently set up a one MW solar power plant at village Phullokhari in Bathinda district at a cost of Rs 13.10 crore, the release said.
The power generated from the solar power project is evacuated to 66KV grid sub-station of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited through dedicated transmission line.