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Rs 1.56 lakh crore of solar development approved in Rajasthan

State government gave approval for investment proposals belonging to four major power firms

 
By Aruna Kumarankandath
Last Updated: Friday 31 July 2015 | 10:49:48 AM

The Rajasthan cabinet recently approved investment proposals in solar power worth Rs 1.56 lakh crores. "We gave approval for investment proposals worth Rs 1,56,000 crore for solar power production of 26,000 MW in Rajasthan," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore declared at a press conference. Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), the revised 100 GW solar power announced by the central government, Rajasthan has to achieve a target of 5,762 MW.

These proposals belonged to four major companies in the power sector in India. One of the approved projects was of Adani Enterprises which had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in February this year to produce 10,000 MW of solar power in a phased manner. The investment was worth Rs 40,000 crore for developing a solar park of the same capacity.

The other projects were with IL&FS Energy, Essel Infra Projects and Reliance Power to develop solar parks of 5,000 MW, 5,000 MW and 6,000 MW respectively. The four companies signed the agreements for solar power generation under the Rajasthan Solar Energy Policy, 2014.

The state government has also signed agreements with Sun Edison India for setting up a solar power plant of 5,000 MW production capacity, and with Azure Power for a plant of 1,000 MW capacity. These projects still have to be approved by the government

Briefing about the cabinet decisions, Rathore said, "The state government will hold 50 per cent equity in the joint venture in return for the land it will provide. The state will provide relaxations to Sun Edison and Azure Power under the Rajasthan solar power policy 2014, Rajasthan investment promotion scheme 2014 and Rajasthan land revenue rules-2007. We have MoUs with the two companies that will invest Rs 36,000 crore and produce 6,000 MW solar power."

The Rajasthan government announced a new solar policy in 2014 after only 3 years of the release of the old policy in 2011. The new policy aimed at easing the norms to set up solar power plants on private lands. The Act states: “Land-holders were allowed to set up solar projects on their holding or sub-let the holding for such projects without the land-use conversions required under the Rajasthan Tenancy Act, 1955, and the Rajasthan Land Revenue Act, 1956.”

The government is removing all barriers for the development of solar power in the state. It brought solar power plants under the green category by the state pollution control board which means it does not have to go through any environmental impact assessment. This rampant development without any checks and balances can prove to be very dangerous for the state. The same haste also closed down the development of an ultra mega power plant in the state last year.

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  • Rajasthan experiences sand storm in Summer(Loo). Did anybody studied the effect of these high velocity sand dunes when the strike smooth surface of OV panels? The past experience confirms that Big projects are hardly completed in time. What is needed are Roof Top solar,wind turbines with solar PV(Hybrid) on Multi storied Buildings,Bioenergy from care free growth,regenerative CAM plants like Agave and Opuntia which can be grown on a massive scale in vast waste lands for Biofuel/biogaspower/biochar.
    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP)

    Posted by: Anumakonda Jagadeesh | 2 years ago | Reply
    • Solar cells are encased in layer of polymer that protect it from such storm. Read about solar power farms in Gujarat, MP, they are already in production. And were completed well before time. Biofuel needs extensive labor and expense around it, hence not as much supported by industries.

      Posted by: Raghavendra Singh | 2 years ago | Reply