India, China to develop first solar energy project
New Delhi, March 25 (ANI): India and China are set to inaugurate the first solar power project in India’s northeastern region of Assam, a major economic and political power for both countries.
The project, to be built on land owned by the Assam government, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the state’s central headquarters on Monday.
Modi, who visited the region last week, will also inaugurate a solar energy plant in the region to further diversify the electricity supply.
India, China, Bangladesh, and Myanmar have signed a cooperation agreement to set up the solar energy sector in Assam.
It will be a first for India, which has only a few solar power projects in the country.
India’s solar projects have been the subject of protests in recent years due to the state government’s failure to meet its obligations to build a grid and pay the state electricity bill.
China has also been keen on establishing solar power plants in Assams, as well as other regions, including Myanmar.
The two countries have signed an agreement to build solar energy projects in Assamese-controlled land in the northern Indian state of Assamesel in 2020, as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The two have also agreed to work together to develop solar energy infrastructure in Myanmar.