4 solar plants for Mizoram

The Mizoram government will construct four solar plants and a solar park in different parts of the state, to generate 80MW solar power by 2021, officials of the state power and electricity department said.

By Henry L. Khojol in Aizawl
  • Published 23.07.18
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Aizawl: The Mizoram government will construct four solar plants and a solar park in different parts of the state, to generate 80MW solar power by 2021, officials of the state power and electricity department said.

The Mizoram Solar Power Policy was adopted in 2017 to encourage, develop and promote solar power generation in the state.

The policy targets generation of 80MW solar power by 2021, which includes generation through the rooftop system.

According to power and electricity department officials, an initiative is being taken to set up five solar plants in different places in Aizawl, Mamit and Champhai districts under the policy.

They said a massive effort is being made to construct a solar park near Vankal village in south Mizoram's Champhai district, which will generate 20MW solar power.

The construction of an approach road to the solar park is under way, they added.

The officials said a 30MW solar plant will be constructed at North Lungpher village near Saitual town in Aizawl district.

The proposed plant was outsourced to a Mumbai-based company. The company will construct the solar plant at its own expense and the state government will purchase solar power from it, they said.

A 2MW solar plant will be constructed at Tlungvel village in Aizawl district under the initiative of the state's nodal agency, the Zoram Energy Development Agency.

According to officials, funds have been allocated under the New Economic Development Policy to construct a solar plant at Tlungvel.

They added that a 10MW solar plant will also be set up at Sihhmui near Aizawl and another at Lengte village in Mamit district to generate 22.5MW solar power.

Home minister R. Lalzirliana had earlier in May that the state government was trying to become self-sufficient in power generation.

He had the government gave priority to generation of maximum power through solar energy as the local power generation from eight power units, which are highly dependant on monsoon and water resources, was not sufficient to meet the local requirement.