The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday has approved a proposal to set up a 40 megawatt (MW) solar plant in Ayodhya district of UP. The plant is expected to generate 70.08 million units of green energy every year to meet the entire district's electricity demands.
The project will be executed by NTPC Green Energy, a fully-owned subsidiary of the NTPC, which will bear the complete cost of Rs 160 crore. The state government will incur Rs 9 crore on transmission of the electricity generated by the solar plant.
As per the information, 165.10 acres of land at the villages of Manja Rampur Halwara and Manhja Sarairashi Pargana-Haveli Awdh in the Sadar tehsil of Ayodhya have been designated by the state government for the construction of the solar project. The solar power plant's energy output will be purchased by UPPCL. The project is part of the Uttar Pradesh Solar Power Policy-2022.
Under the policy, the state government will provide land to public sector undertakings for solar power projects at the rate of Rs one per acre per annum. The land will be provided to private players for solar plants at the rate of Rs 15,000 per acre per annum for a maximum of 30 years.