Ladakh admired for its awe-inspiring landscape and pristine beauty — is all set to create a huge mark in the sustainable energy arena. The region will have the world’s largest single-location solar photovoltaic plant.
The mega-project would provide electricity for the region and focus on preserving glaciers and reducing around 12,750 tonnes of carbon emissions every year. Apart from this, the project is also all set to employ people who find it difficult to get a job.
Under the renewable energy ministry, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) is reportedly promoting around 5,000 MW (megawatt) and 2,500 MW solar power projects in Ladakh and Kargil. The solar power projects in Ladakh and Kargil are estimated at an investment of Rs. 45,000 crore and are expected to be completed by 2023.
The Ladakh project would be located at Hanle-Khaldo in Nyoma, which is 254 km from Leh. The power generated by the project would go to Kaithal, Haryana for which a 900 km line would be laid along the Leh-Manali road.
The administrations of Leh and Kargil have reportedly nominated 25,000 and 12,500 acres of non-grazing land on “remuneration” prices for the hill council. This would be about 12000 per year with an annual growth of 3%. In the context of challenges, the mega-project builders may find the terrain and weather conditions difficult. SECI director (power systems) SK Mishra said that identifying land was a big relief for prospective promoters, who were gung-ho during a site visit despite the isolated locations and hostile weather.
Meanwhile, the power plant is expected to be a promising future for the locals, and many would be able to take up jobs like maintaining transformers and cleaning solar panels. The projects are also expected to augment development in the remote border regions.