Tamil Nadu government on Thursday proposed to set up solar powered parks with the aim of generating 1,000 mw in the next five years in the public-private participation mode.

Initially Rs. Thousand crore will be invested in southern parts of the State over 500 acres to produce 100 mw, Industries minister P Thangamani told the State assembly.

Replying to the grants for his department for 2012-13, the minister said the Tamil Nadu Industries Development Corporation (TIDCO) will set up such solar parks.

Mr. Thangamani recalled that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had mentioned in her ‘vision 2023’ document the intention to produce 11,000 mw of solar power in the next 11 years.