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India’s first geothermal project in Ladakh, says MNRE minister

The first geothermal power project in India would be set up in Ladakh, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Dr. Farooq Abdullah said in Chennai recently.

Speaking to the reporters, he said, “We are working on that. Our first project on geothermal with a capacity of 3MW is coming up near Ladakh.” He said that since it is one of the major geothermal-based projects in the world, the MNRE would look at how such projects can be extended to other states.

On the use of Ethanol-based fuel, he informed that the Ministry was looking at how five per cent of ethanol could be added. The minister also launched the Solar Radiation Resource Assessment facility, set up at a cost of Rs 25 crore by the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), which would help developers in seeking data of solar radiations before setting up their solar power plants.


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