The government of India has published today a draft guidelines for development of Solar Park in India, which is available in the MNRE portal.
The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission was launched on the 11th January, 2010 by the Prime Minister. The Mission has set the ambitious target of deploying 20,000 MW of grid connected solar power by 2022 is aimed at reducing the cost of solar power generation in the country. Mission will create an enabling policy framework to achieve this objective and make India a global leader in solar energy.
The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission is a major initiative of the Government of India with active participation from States to promote ecologically sustainable growth while addressing India’s energy security challenge. It will also constitute a major contribution by India to the global effort to meet the challenges of climate change.
Solar Park in India
The solar park is a concentrated zone of development of solar power generation projects and provides developers an area that is well characterized, with proper infrastructure and access to amenities and where the risk of the projects can be minimized.
Solar Park will also facilitate developers by reducing the number of required approvals. Large size projects have a potential to bring down the cost of Solar Power. Therefore, Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects having capacity of 500 MW or above have been planned in India.
Large chunks of land are available in some States for solar park development. There are some developers who are keen to individually take up very large projects. Land has so far been identified in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Uttarakhand. Smaller parks in Himalayan & other hilly States where contiguous land may be difficult to acquire in view of the difficult terrain are also being considered. Smaller parks are also being considered in States where there is acute shortage of non-agricultural lands.
The idea of solar parks emerged from the success of the ‘Charanka Solar Park’ in Patan, Gujarat which was closely followed by the ‘Bhadla Solar Park’ in Rajasthan. They have quickly emerged as a powerful mechanism for the rapid development of solar power projects in the country.
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