The ultra-mega green solar power project first phase will be of 1000 MW and commissioned in three years - by the end of 2016, said Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Praful Patel.

Patel had asked the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) under his ministry to initiate the process of setting up the "Sambhar Ultra -Mega Green Solar Power Project" in the 23,000 acre area of the Sambhar Salts Limited (SSL), a subsidiary of Hindustan Salts Limited, a public sector enterprise.

A joint venture company will be formed with equity from BHEL, Solar Energy Corporation of India, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., SJVN, SSL and REIL to implement the first phase of the project.

Based on the experience gained during implementation of the first phase, the remaining capacity would be implemented through a variety of models.

When the 4,000 MW of project is fully commissioned, it will generate 6,000 million units of power per annum. The project will supply power to the distribution companies of various States through the National Grid.

"Being the first project of this scale anywhere in the world this project is expected to set a trend for large scale solar power development in the world," said an official statement.

(JPN/Agencies)

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