U'khand signs MoU with BPCL for harnessing solar power
May 21, 2022
An MoU was signed between the Uttarakhand government and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) in the presence of Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami recently for the growth of the renewable energy sector and other projects in the state.
Secretary Energy R Meenakshi Sundaram signed the MoU on behalf of the state and for BPCL, the documents were signed by its chief general manager (renewable energy) Shelly Abraham and executive director Amit Garg. Speaking on the development, CM Dhami said that the pact would lead to progress in the field of renewable energy, especially solar energy in the hill state.
Energy and tourism are the two major pillars of the state's development. Along with the economic development in the state, the demand for energy in industries and the domestic sector is increasing. The state government is trying its best to make Uttarakhand an energy surplus state. For this, solar energy is also being focused.
Dhami said that the top priority for the state was the simplification of procedures. “The more the procedures are simplified, the more will be the investment in various sectors of the state. We have to take a professional approach. For the development of the state, we must move forward while keeping a balance between economy and ecology,” he added. The CM said that all possible support would be provided by the state government for encouraging the solar sector. He also directed officers of the energy department to reform the energy policy of the state, if required, and ensure all possible cooperation and assistance to institutions and entrepreneurs, especially those who want to work in the field of solar energy.
Meanwhile, BPCL's chief managing director Arun Kumar Singh said that the company will work on the development of renewable energy in Uttarakhand.
There is no dearth of resources and talent. We have to contribute to the progress of the country through mutual coordination. Uttarakhand has seen rapid development in the last few years.