Union minister of environment, forest and climate change Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday dedicated to the nation a 1-megawatt (MW) solar power plant at Central Electronics Limited in Ghaziabad. He also inaugurated a solar rickshaw and laid the foundation stone of a solar technology park.

CEL is a Government of India enterprise under the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (ministry of science & technology) to work on solar technology. According to CEL officials, the solar plant has a capacity to produce nearly 300 solar panels of 300 watts each in a single day.

They said that the CEL premises is powered by solar power generated in the plant and soon, they will be able to supply the surplus electricity to the grid too.

“It is PM Modi’s endeavour to take the country ahead in the field of clean energy. He has stressed on achieving production of nearly 175 giga watts of power from such sources by 2022. The 1 MW plant is a step in this direction. With such technologies, we are taking the country into an era of clean energy,” the minister said.

“The solar power movement is gaining momentum. The scientists with the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research have already developed a solar tree that can produce 5 kilowatts. A new concept of solar ATMs is also being developed and is in an advanced stage. This will be installed in villages where the power supply is low,” he said.

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