Renewables top priority to Rajasthan government

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India's northwest state of Rajasthan has decided to invest INR 50 billion ($1.08 billion) in its power sector over the next three years. The state's chief minister, Ahsok Gehlot, says his government's top priority is to improve its power generation. Wind is to play a role. In his announcement he not only referred to construction of a 250 MW thermal power plant at Suratgarh, but also a 2.25 MW wind farm of 750 kW turbines installed at Chittorgarh by the state power corporation, a 2 MW wind plant at Jaisamer, 2.25 MW at Devgarh and a 2.10 MW installation at Phalodi, all of which have been commissioned. Priority will be given to non conventional energy sources, says Gehlot, particularly wind power. He anticipates the private sector installing 100 MW of wind during the three years.

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