Andhra Pradesh will house solar parks with a total capacity of 4,000 MW, the highest in the country, with Rs.225.5 crore already being sanctioned A total of 33 solar parks have been commissioned across the country under the Centre’s scheme for the development of solar parks and ultra mega solar power projects. “Approvals have been accorded to 33 solar parks with an aggregate capacity of 20,000 MW to be set up in 21 States,” according to a government statement. “Under this scheme, it is proposed to set up at least 25 solar parks and ultra mega solar power projects targeting over 20,000 MW of solar power installed capacity within a span of five years starting from 2014-15.” There are several factors that determine the location of solar parks, apart from how much sunlight an area receives.“The resource potential is certainly one criteria, but the availability of land at reasonable prices, infrastructure availability to transport equipment, proximity to the nearest grid and no disputes over forest land are all factors that must be taken into account,” Sabyasachi Majumdar, Senior Vice-President at ICRA, said. The parks in Andhra Pradesh are to be developed by AP Solar Power Corporation, a joint venture between Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation, and New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh. “It depends on how aggressively the State government promotes solar power,” Mr. Majumdar pointed out. Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra are the other States where capacity is to be added.
Source: The Hindu