India-based Welspun Renewables has started operations of the 34MW DC Bhatinda solar power plant in the state of Punjab.

Said to be the largest of its kind solar project in the state, the facility is spread across 140 acres, And is designed to generate 48 million kWh clean energy.

The facility will help reduce 1,331,525 tons of CO2 emissions in the next operational life of 25 years, the company said.

Welspun Renewables vice chairman Vineet Mittal said: "More than ever we need to exponentially build up the country’s renewable energy quotient development is a necessity and to make it sustainable it has to be driven by clean emission free energy.

"While powering the state’s industries, we will also be working with our neighboring communities towards sustainable living."

The company intends to develop 11,001MW renewable capacities across the country. Of this, 1GW renewable projects are planned to be commissioned during 2015-2016.

The state government has set a target to generate 4,200MW solar power, to meet the increasing demand.