CM Sarma Lays Foundation for 25-MW Solar Project in Namrup


Namrup: In a significant move to boost Assam’s green energy capacity, Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma laid the foundation stone for a 25-MW solar power project at the Namrup Thermal Power Station in Dibrugarh district. The project, a collaboration between Assam Power Generation Corporation and Oil India Limited, will cover 108 acres and cost Rs. 115 crores. Expected to produce 50 million units annually, the project is set for completion by July 2025.

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At the event, CM Sarma noted the rising electricity demand, which has grown from 1,800 MW in 2021 to 2,500 MW due to increased industrial activity and village electrification. With Assam producing only 419 MW internally, the state heavily relies on external power purchases. Sarma emphasized that projects like the Namrup solar plant are crucial to boosting local power generation and reducing dependence on external sources.

Currently, Assam operates seven solar projects generating 175 MW daily. New projects in Sonitpur’s Barchalla and Dhubri’s Khudigaon are underway, with a 1,000-MW solar plant in Karbi Anglong slated to begin construction soon. Additionally, the 120-MW Lower Kapili Hydropower project has started production. Sarma expressed confidence that Assam would generate 3,000 MW of solar power by 2030.

Sarma also promoted the Surya Ghar Muft Bijli Yojana, encouraging eligible households to adopt the scheme to reduce electricity expenses.

The event was attended by Assam Cabinet Ministers Bimal Bora and Sanjoy Kishan, former Union Minister Rameswar Teli, and Assam Legislative Assembly members Prashanta Phukan, Taranga Gogoi, Terash Gowalla, Binod Hazarika, and Chakradhar Gogoi, among other dignitaries.

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