Himachal and Oil India Partner to Develop Solar Projects in the State


  • State Government Inked an MoU with OIL to harness the clean energy potential of Himachal
  • The company plans to set up multiple floating solar and ground-mounted solar projects in the state.

The Himachal Pradesh government has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oil India Limited to develop a framework for harnessing the renewable energy potential of the state. The document was signed by the state’s energy director Mr. Harikesh Meena and OIL Director, Mr. Pankaj Kumar Goswami, in the presence of Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu.

The minister has said that the company plans to set up floating solar plants over various reservoirs along with ground-mounted solar projects in the state.

OIL would send a team of experts to inspect the proposed sites for implementation of the projects. Moreover, a review meeting would be held on May 26th to discuss the progress of the projects.

Additionally, OIL might also set up a green hydrogen and green ammonia plant on a pilot basis.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Singh remarked that Himachal Pradesh has abundant potential for green energy that the state is striving to harness. Moreover, this new partnership will aid this goal by focusing on the development of new and renewable energy sources (NRES) like solar energy, green hydrogen, wind energy, geothermal energy, and compressed biogas.

He also said that such RE projects would generate employment opportunities and lead to Himachal Pradesh’s economic prosperity.

For 2026, Himachal has set the target of becoming the first Green Energy state of India. To achieve this goal, the state government is launching many initiatives including the recent plan to set up two solar energy plants in the tribal districts of Chamba at an investment of ₹10 crores.

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Resource: The Times of India

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