The Himachal Pradesh government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with HLC Green Energy Limited to make it the ‘First Green State’ by 2025. The project will bring in an investment of more than Rs 40 billion and will help in generating direct and indirect employment opportunities for about 2,500 persons.
Furthermore, in order to position Himachal Pradesh as a leader in green hydrogen-based economies, the state chief minister, Mr Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu announced the creation of a first-of-its-kind “Green Hydrogen Policy. According to Mr Sukhu, green hydrogen has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower fertiliser prices, and contribute to the nation’s economy through import substitution.
In February 2023, Himachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency issued a request for proposals to build 100 MW of grid-connected solar projects in the state. As per the tender document, the project can range between 250 kW to 5 MW. Also, the bidders must submit an application fee of Rs 10,000 for projects up to 1 MW and Rs 100,000 for projects above 1 MW and up to 5 MW.
In the same month, SECI floated bids for a 2 MW solar project in Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, as well as a 1 MW battery energy storage system. The work includes design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing, and commissioning, as well as five years of operation and maintenance.The bidders must submit a tender processing fee of Rs 25,000 as well as Rs 3,400,000 as an earnest money deposit.