Clinton Foundation to build solar power station near Indo-Pak border

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New Delhi, Aug.6 (ANI): The Clinton Foundation has agreed to build the world's largest solar power station close to the India- Pakistan border.

The Telegraph quoted Gujarat's Energy Minister Saurabh Patel, as saying that Clinton Foundation officials have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a solar park with the capacity to generate over 5,000 Megawatts of electricity.

The project is one of up to 40 schemes aimed at transforming the desert border with Pakistan into the world's biggest solar energy hub.

The Gujarat Government has signed deals with 40 energy companies, each planning to generate between five and 50 Megawatts of solar energy.

One plan will see the border area lined with large solar mirrors to transform the sun's rays into power.

Patel said his government had allocated 1,500 hectares of land for the project and will also offer financial incentives for companies that begin generating electricity before December 2010.

The Indian Government has already announced plans to invest 11 billion pounds in new solar plants and encourage 20,000 families to switch to solar by 2020.

Government offices throughout the country have been told to make the switch before 2012. (ANI)

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