India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh is all set to get its largest solar plant when French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurates it on March 12.
The largest solar power plant of the state is being set up by French company Engie Solar in Mirzapur district, some 300 kms from Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow, and is expected to generate 75 megawatt alternating current.
“French President Macron will arrive at the solar power plant at Dadar Kala in a helicopter. He will inaugurate the plant and address locals. He is likely to spend around 45 minutes at the plant,” Mirzapur district magistrate Bimal Kumar Dubey told the media.
Solar power in India is a fast developing industry.
In January 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government expanded its solar plans, targeting 100 billion U.S. dollars in investment and 100 GW of solar capacity by 2022. And the country’s initiative of 100 GW of solar energy by 2022 is an ambitious target.