US companies to sign MOUs for solar power station in Gujarat
The Gujarat government and USA’s Colorado province are going to ink Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) involving a mammoth amount in the energy sector during the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit (VGS). The biennial event to be held in January in Gandhinagar will witness the beginning of cooperation between Gujarat and Colorado to establish solar parks, electric vehicle manufacturing, power distribution, and other renewable energy sectors.
Enenergy Minister Saurabh Patel held a meeting with the representatives from Colorado state government in Gujarat. The meeting held on Tuesday was fruitful, claimed Patel, and said that long-term cooperation between both the entities would benefit Gujarat in future.
Patel said, “We have started the process to receive proposals and letters of intent (LOI) for establishment of solar power park having power generation capacity of 1000 MW and the same has been sought from the US-based companies. The Colorado government also agreed to cooperate with us for our SKY project that enables farmers to generate electricity their own by solar panels in their farms.”
“Colorado government has great expertise in the energy sector and the MOUs will be signed at the VGS. We are also expecting partnership with different companies for the production of electric vehicles and establishment of e-vehicle recharge stations across the state,” Patel added.
The state government is preparing to launch an e-vehicle policy to promote purchase of e-vehicles. The USA-based companies will also help Gujarat in research in the energy sector and the LOIs for the same will also be signed during the VGS.
“We are looking forward to partnership between institutions and companies from US and education institutions in Gujarat like PDPU in the energy research sector. This will also enable student exchange programme between both the nations to study models for energy distribution and power distribution,” Patel added.
FOR THE FIRST TIME
The Vibrant Gujarat Summit will see the beginning of cooperation between Gujarat and Colorado to establish solar parks, electric vehicle manufacturing, power distribution, etc.