The government of Himachal Pradesh has signed a memorandum of understanding with HLC Green Energy to make the state the “First Green State” in India by 2025. The project will attract an investment of over Rs 4,000 crore and create direct and indirect employment opportunities for about 2,500 people. The initiative is expected to lead to the creation of skilled labor in the state.
The MoU was signed by Director Industries Rakesh Kumar Prajapati and HLC Green Energy LLC MD Sanjay Sharma in the presence of Industries Minister Harshwardhan Chauhan. Green hydrogen has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut fertilizer prices, and contribute to the country’s economy through import substitution, according to the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh already has an abundance of green hydel energy and water resources, making it an ideal location for clean energy projects such as ethanol, green hydrogen, green ammonia, and solar, which will help make the state a clean energy hub in the country. The industries minister stated that the company plans to produce 0.3 million metric tonnes (MMT) of green hydrogen and 1.5 million metric tons (MMT) of green ammonia annually. The project is likely to be set up in Una and Kangra, covering an area of around 20-25 acres due to their water and logistics suitability.