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Gujarat Solar Park gets Wartsila award

Em News Bureau ,  Saturday, December 15, 2012, 12:06 Hrs  [IST]

Wartsila GujaratWartsila India Ltd conferred the 10th Wärtsilä Mantosh Sondhi Award on Gujarat Power Corporation for its Gujarat Solar Park for the significant contribution made to the Indian Energy sector. D. J. Pandian, Principal Secretary, Energy & Petrochemicals, Government of Gujarat accepted the award from Bjorn Rosengren, President & CEO, Wärtsilä Corporation.

Gujarat accounts for 66 per cent of India's total solar power capacity. The Solar Park was launched at Charanka village, Santalpur taluka in Patan district as a part of the Swarnim Gujarat celebrations. The Solar Park with a power generation capacity of 600 mw, covering approximately 3,000 acres of wasteland bordering the Rann of Kutch, will generate two-thirds of India's total 900 mw of solar power production. The Solar Park will produce 214 mw of photovoltaic solar capacity, making it larger than Golmud Solar Park in China that has a capacity of 200 mw, a release from Wartsila noted. The new Solar Park is unique in having 21 companies involved in its management and development, including four from USA.

Under the Solar Power Policy, the Gujarat Government had signed memorandums of understanding for generation of 968.5 mw of solar power by the end of the year 2012. Other projects are expected to be developed at Anand, Banaskantha, Jamnangar, Junagadh, Kutch, Porbandar, Rajkot, Surat and Surendranagar.

Speaking on the occasion, Bjorn Rosengren, President & CEO, Wärtsilä Corporation, said, "The award seeks to recognize leaders who have made a significant contribution to the energy sector, leaders who have underlined the need to excel without compromising on values and principles. It is our privilege to have D.J. Pandian accept the award. Mr Pandian has spearheaded initiatives in the renewable energy sector among many others."
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