HANDIGARH: The new and renewable energy ministry has approved a 500 MW solar power project to be set up in Haryana. The ministry has sought detailed project report from the Haryana Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) for the project under the scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects. Sources in HAREDA said state utilities will identify, acquire land and provide infrastructure like transmission system, water, road connectivity and communication network. Well developed infrastructure will minimize risk and the gestation period of the projects. The solar park scheme is envisaged to bring in significant investment for the solar power sector, meet solar purchase obligation (SPO) mandates and provide employment to the local population, sources said. The first solar park project of 590 MW capacity was set up in the Patan district of Gujarat in 2012. The biggest such project of 750 MW is being set up by Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd near Radhanesda village in the state. Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a central public sector enterprises, has been implementing various schemes to develop the solar sector in the country. As per the policy, these solar parks will be developed in collaboration with the state governments.