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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has laid the foundation stone of the 70 MW Amguri Solar Park in Sivasagar district. The Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd (APGCL) had issued a Request for Proposal for the development the grid-connected solar photovoltaic projects in Amguri Solar Park in the state in January 2019.

The projects will be developed on a build-own-operate basis for the procurement of solar power by the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) for a period of 25 years.

When contacted, a source disclosed that the deadline for submission of bids for development of this project was February 28, 2019, and the projects are yet to be allocated.

The chief minister stated that the government is committed to ensuring a better future for the people of Assam, adding that the government programs are implemented with utmost transparency.

Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his vision towards the growth of Assam and the northeast, he said many development projects announced by the central government would propel rapid progress in the region.

The state government of Assam has set a target to generate 6,500 MW of power by 2030. It also aims to install 590 MW of solar energy projects which are to be developed across solar parks, rooftop, and off-grid by 2020.

In June 2018, the APDCL had auctioned 85 MW of grid-connected solar projects to be developed across Assam. APDCL had awarded 75 MW of grid-connected solar PV projects to Azure Power and 10 MW of grid-connected solar PV projects to Maheswari Mining and Energy Pvt. Ltd.

 

Shaurya Bajaj is a staff reporter for Mercomindia.com.