Punjab has got the largest single location solar power plant with a capacity of 31.5 MW in Mansa district. The plant was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
The solar power plant, spread over 173 acres and costing over Rs. 200 crore, is located in Mirpur Kalan village of Mansa district, 250 km from Chandigarh.
The plant has been built by Hindustan Power with facilitation from various agencies of Punjab government.
"The investment in the solar power sector has increased to Rs. 8,000 crore and solar power generation has reached 1,000 MW. In the next five years, each of the 12,000 villages in the state would be equipped with solar lights,"Badal said.
Badal said the initiative will help the area to get power supply from the plant and said that the government has insured that farmers, who have given their land on lease for the project, would get Rs. 50,000 per acre annually.