Punjab government on Friday sought renewable energy projects worth Rs 433 crore from the Centre to give an impetus to the ongoing solar thermal power plants and bio-mass power projects in the state.
Punjab non conventional energy minister, Bikram Singh Majithia sought this central assistance on renewable energy front, when he was called on union minister for new and renewable energy Farooq Abdullah in New Delhi.
Apprising the union minister about the backwardness of border districts of Punjab in the field of power,Majithia said there was more than 550 kms long international border with the neigbouring country.
He said Punjab Energy Development Agency had conducted a survey in border districts of Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran, Ferozepur and Fazilka and identified 432 public buildings for installation of solar power plants under 'off grid and decentralised solar applications' programme.
He said 9 MW roof top power plants could be installed in such buildings till 2015.
Majithia said the total estimated cost for this project was Rs 243 crore out of which Rs 218.7 crores would be provided by the Centre. He demanded that out of central government assistance first installment of Rs 72.9 crore would be provided during 2012-13.