India’s Modi lays foundations for renewable power megapark

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India's Modi lays foundations for renewable energy megapark

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone on Tuesday for what he believes is the largest renewable energy park in the world, which is expected to produce 30 gigawatts of electricity.

The huge project in the Kutch region of western Gujarat state, covering 72,600 hectares (180,000 acres) – the size of Singapore – will include solar panels, solar energy storage and windmills.

“The hybrid park for renewable energies will be the largest in the world and generate 30,000 megawatts of electricity,” said Modi at the inauguration of the energy park and an adjacent desalination plant.

“Energy and water security are critical in the 21st century,” said Modi. “The two major renewable energy park and desalination plant projects launched today in Kutch are steps toward both of these goals.”

The energy project in Modi’s home state will be a large part of India’s ambitious goal of producing 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022 and 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030.

The 70-year-old Modi said this would also help the second most populous country in the world cut its carbon dioxide emissions by up to 50 million tons per year.

The desalination plant can process 100 million liters of water a day for 800,000 people in the arid region bordering Pakistan.

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