Punjab Solar Policy and it's Solar Highlights
Punjab is located in the northern part of India and neighbours states like J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. The state capital is Chandigarh, which is a UT in itself. With 592.35MW of commissioned solar energy, Punjab is one of the most active states when it comes to pushing solar. It is a result of this that the Financial year 2016/2017 saw 187.29 additional solar power being commissioned. The state has a solar potential estimated at 2810MW. Punjab has been a home to some record-breaking solar power plants with the World's Largest Single Rooftop solar plant located in Beas Dera. The plant was inaugurated in the year 2016 and has the capacity to produce 11.5MW. The project will help abate 4 lakh tonnes of Carbon Dioxide in the next 25 years. The centre has set Punjab a target of 40,000MW of power from renewable sources to be produced by the year 2022, of which solar will play a significant contribution. Another feather in the cap of Punjab is the solar power plant located in the Mansa district with the capacity of 31.5MW, making it the largest single location solar power plant. This plant is spread over an area of 173 acres and is 250 km from Chandigarh. In the month of November in 2016, Adani Enterprises commissioned Punjab's largest solar plant of 100MW.