Jammu & Kashmir is set to have India’s first solar “agro-photovoltaic” power project-where a solar project will be set up on a 250 acre area that will simultaneously be used to cultivate saffron. The project will come up in Pampore- known for high-quality saffron.

A draft proposal for the plant is believed to have been submitted and work on the project, with an estimated cost of Rs 50 cr, is expected to begin this month It will be a farm where Kashmir’s famous saffron will be cultivated, but also double as a solar power project that is expected to generate up to 10 megawatts of electricity for the Valley. This land, currently hosts defunct gas turbines from a power plant where LPG was used to generate electricity. This plant was discontinued as it was turning out to be costly and the turbines have been lying idle for the last 10-12 years.

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