Centre’s solar development draft aims at 25 parks, 20,000 MW power

The scheme still awaits suggestions from state nodal agencies

By Aruna Kumarankandath
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

Charanka Solar Park in Gujarat

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has recently released a draft scheme for development of solar parks and ultra mega solar power projects targeting an addition of 20,000 MW of solar power installed capacity.

Earlier in August, the ministry had released a draft scheme for comments. The scheme is to set up 25 solar parks with capacity ranging between 500 and 1,000 megawatt (MW) each and amounting to 20 gigawatt (GW) of solar power capacity in a time of five years (by 2020).

The project will help states execute the Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) mandates and assist the Centre achieve the targets of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) by 2022. The draft emphasises that increasing investment and encouraging project developers will trigger economies of scale for cost reductions and technical improvements in solar sector.

The scheme is inspired by the success of Charanka Solar Park in Gujarat. Bhadla Solar Park initiative in Rajasthan is another model on similar pattern. Recently, the government of Andhra Pradesh had also announced plans for three solar parks. P Raghunath Reddy, the state Information Technology minister, in August, had said that 200 hectares (ha) of land was set aside for a 100 MW solar farm, a 1,000 MW mega solar park in Anantapur district and another 300 MW solar park in Guntur district in the state.

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), on behalf of the Central government, would be the implementation agency for all the parks and ultra mega projects. It will be responsible for the development and management of solar parks. However, the state has to identify the land for proposed solar park.

MNRE will lend some financial support for the projects. Apart from the grant of Rs 25 lakh to carry on procedures like preparation of detailed project report and surveys, MNRE would be providing Rs 20 lakh/MW or 30 per cent of the project cost (including grid connectivity cost), whichever is lower. As per the estimates, the total cost for 20 GW comes up to Rs 4,046.25 crores.

The scheme still is in draft phase and was re-released since ‘replies/comments in this regard are still awaited from state nodal agencies (SNAs).

Tobias Engelmeier and Jasmeet Khurana of Bridge to India, a private company that operates in the Indian solar market, claim that the development of ultra mega power plants and large utility scale plants is the first step towards solar power meeting the growing energy demands of India. They estimate that “these solar units, along with rooftop installations, could contribute to the tune of 10-13 per cent of total power generation by 2024.”

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  • No doubt Centre has ambitious

    No doubt Centre has ambitious plan on Solar Energy.

    More than Big solar projects it is Roof Top Solar that makes sense in view of apartment culture in cities and towns.
    In Andhra Pradesh the Government of AP proposes Solar Parks in Ananthapur,Kurnool,Cuddapah and Guntur Districts.
    But Nellore District is best suited to harness Solar Power:
    Nellore can be a potential district to harness solar energy in view of abundant sunshine and vast wasteland area.

    Solar irradiation data for Andhra Pradesh cities month wise:
    Andhra Pradesh is one of the few states blessed with more number of sunny days. The estimated potential is 5-7 KWH/Sq.m. per day which remains un-tapped for various applications like heating,lighting,power generation etc.

    Anantapur 5.22 6.05 6.5 6.44 6.07 5.02 4.57 4.62 4.93 4.6 4.56 4.71 5.27

    Guntur 4.66 5.49 6.2 6.42 5.92 4.78 4.07 4.19 4.47 4.3 4.49 4.44 4.95

    Nellore 4.78 5.71 6.5 6.61 6.11 5.11 4.74 4.81 4.97 4.3 4.07 4.19 5.15

    Government of India
    Ministry of Rural Development
    Department of Land Resources
    New Delhi, India
    (Year 2000)
    (Area in Sq.Kms.)

    Total Wasteland Total Geographical Area
    Percentage of total Geographical Area.

    District Total Wasteland Total Geographical Area % of Total Geographical Area
    Ananthapur 3233.45 19130 16.9
    Guntur 1676.36 11391 14.72
    Kurnool 3879.14 17658 21.97
    Nellore 4918.18 13076.0 37.61
    It is hoped Nellore District will have the Solar Park.
    Here is an Action Plan for MNRE to promote Renewable Energy:

    1. Promote Offshore Wind Farms.
    2. Promote small wind generators as decentralised systems
    3. Roof Top PV Solar
    4. Creating Renewable Energy Fund. Investment by Income Tax Payers to be exempted under Section 80C.
    5. Wind Farm Co-operatives on the lines of those in Germany,Denmark etc.
    6. Solar Co-operatives on the lines of those in US.
    7. Energy Conservation by replacing most of the inefficient 2.6 million irrigation electric pump sets(About 30% power can be saved). Agriculture consumes much power next only to Industry
    8. Reading lights with reliable and quality dual powered(Solar/Electricity/USB) to save enormous energy.
    9. Biofuel/Biogas for power generation and cooking from Agave/opuntia care-free growth,regenerative and CAM plants. In China Biogas for cooking is supplied trough pipes.
    In the vast vacant land in India Agave and Opuntia can be grown and power generation established as decentralised locally.
    10. Simple Box Type Solar Cooker with frying facility( 3D approach,Design,Demonstrate and Disseminate)
    11.Cost effective vertical and cylindrical,mobile solar water heater design.
    12. Low head Micro hydro device to generate power from the head of falling water from the delivery pipe of Electric/diesel pumpsets.
    13. KW size Biogas power/cooking plant for villages.
    14. Simple solar drier
    15. Growing CAM Plants in Waste and Vacant lands which act as Carbon Sink.

    In carrying out the above innovative projects services of Experts in the field,NGOs etc. can be utilised by the Government.

    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • With the help of Expert and

    With the help of Expert and NGO the Solar Energy Mission will be copleted within schedule time.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply