At a time when solar power costs in the country have fallen to record lows, Gujarat government bought solar power at the cost of Rs 15 per unit from 38 different private producers during the last two years. According to the data shared in the Gujarat Assembly on Friday, the state government said it has bought a total of over 2600 million units of solar power from 61 different solar power developers in the state, during the calendar year 2015 and 2016. Among these private power producers, 38 of these firms were paid Rs 15 per unit, stated the state government in the data provided as part of a written reply to a question posed by Congress MLA from Sidhpur Balwantsinh Rajput during the Question Hour.
During this two-year period, the lowest per unit cost of Rs 9.13 was paid to Texas Infrastructure and Projects Private Limited. However, the company supplied only eight million units at this price during the two years. The highest quantum of solar power (about 115 million units) was bought from Adani Power Ltd at a cost of Rs 15 per unit. Tata Renewable Energy Ltd, Lorox Bio Energy Ltd and GMR Gujarat Solar Power Pvt Ltd were among the 38-odd firms from whom the state government bought solar power at Rs 15 per unit. Read More…
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