India to get 25 solar parks

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to spend Rs 4,046.25 crore on developing the parks

 
By Aruna Kumarankandath
Last Updated: Wednesday 08 July 2015


The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced a scheme to develop 25 solar parks across the country. The solar parks are installations of multiple solar photovoltaic modules by different firms at one set location which provides all infrastructural facilities.


The capacity of each solar park would range from 500 to 1,000 megawatt (MW). So far, 12 states have shown interest in setting up solar parks with total capacity of over 22 gigawatt (GW). Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary, MNRE, told the Press Trust of India, “Mizoram could add its name to the list of interested states that have already agreed to host a solar park. We already have two solar parks, one each in Gujarat and Rajasthan, as models for the parks to be constructed.”

The ministry released a “draft scheme for development of solar parks and ultra mega solar power projects” in August 2014 and is yet to release the final version.

Piyush Goyal, minister of state (independent charge) for power, coal and new and renewable energy, said, “The estimated cost for development of a solar park would be around Rs 0.95 crore per MW and the capital cost of developing a grid-connected solar power project is Rs 6.91 crore per MW.”

The draft scheme proposes a grant of Rs 20 lakh per MW or 30 per cent of the project cost, including grid connectivity cost, whichever is lower. These parks would cost the ministry a total of Rs 4,046.25 crore. The money is expected to be spent in phases, starting with Rs 500 crore in 2014-15 and going up to Rs 1,400 crore in 2018-19.

If the said plans are actualised, India will have an installed capacity of 25 GW, which is more than what Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, with a target of 22 GW, aims to achieve by 2022. China, meanwhile, aims to achieve 100 GW of solar power capacity by 2020.

The move will be a shift from highly fossil-fuel-depended economy to a more renewable-energy oriented one. The decision of setting up solar parks clearly shows that the country is now focusing on more grid-connected renewable energy.
 

Proposed locations for the parks
State

Capacity  (MW)

Location
Gujarat

750

Banaskantha
Madhya Pradesh

750 + 750

Rewa
Telangana

1,000

Mehboob Nagar
Andhra Pradesh

2,500

Anantpur, Kadapa and Kurnool
Karnataka

1,000

Mulwar, Bijapur (near Kargi)
Uttar Pradesh

600

Jalaun, Sonbhadra and Allahabad
Meghalaya

50

University of Science and Technology,
9th Mile, near Guwahati, Meghalaya
Jammu & Kashmir

7,500

Leh and Kargil
Punjab

1,000 + 1,000

 
Rajasthan   Bhadla and Jaisalmer
i.       Bhadla Phase II

700

 
ii.      Bhadla Phase III

1,000

 
iii.    Jaisalmer Park Phase I

1,000

 
iv.     Jaisalmer Park Phase II

1,000

 
Tamil Nadu

500

Location yet to be identified
Odisha

1,000

Location yet to be identified

  Total

22,100

 

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