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NTPC is planning to set up a 4000 MW power plant at Pudimadaka and a 2250 MW solar power plant in Andhra Pradesh as a part of Chief Minister’s initiative of making the state a solar power hub. This was announced by Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, Government of India. Goyal was speaking at the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) Partnership Summit, organised with the Government of Andhra Pradesh and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India, in Visakhapatnam.
Goyal observed that the progress of Andhra Pradesh is evident from the fact that this newly formed state could overcome a huge power crisis and become a power surplus state today. Looking at the progress of Andhra Pradesh, he guaranteed investors that this is the state where their money will not only be safe but will also grow manifold.
Speaking on climate change, Goyal said that it is one issue on which the entire world has come together. India’s own commitment for a cleaner environment is reflected in a very ambitious Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) agenda that India has put forward to the world and world leaders have acknowledge it. The fact that India has plans of scaling up its solar power 25 times shows the country’s initiative to create a cleaner and greener world.
It is said that if the project kicks off, it would be possible to provide 24x7 power supply to the rural Andhra Pradesh and farmers for irrigation.