Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday gave the award for best performing state in renewable energy capacity building to Punjab at the inaugural session of the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet and Expo, 2015 held in Delhi.
Punjab's renewable energy minister Bikram Singh Majithia received the award from Modi, who congratulated the state on its outstanding performance in promoting renewable energy, a spokesman here said.
PM emphasised the need to encourage the use of solar power and stressed the need to manufacture solar power equipment in India to generate jobs besides the need for technology upgradation in league with nations who possessed expertise in this field.
On the occasion Majithia exhorted entrepreneurs to invest in Punjab and said the state was committed to extending every possible support to them to set up the projects. He said that Punjab had formulated a policy to allot projects within 60 days by using a single window clearance system.
Listing the state's achievements on the solar power front, he pointed out that Punjab had touched 250 MW solar power capacity from 9 MW in just two years and was all set to bid out 250 MWs of solar power projects with investment potential of $430 million (`2,675 crore).