The government on Wednesday approved a plan to double the capacity of solar parks and ultra-mega solar power projects (UMSPP) to 40,000 MW from 20,000 mw.
Briefing reporters on the decision taken by the Cabinet’s panel on economic affairs, power minister Piyush Goyaltold reporters a roadmap would be finalised shortly to set up at least 50 solar parks, each with a capacity of 500 MW except in hilly areas where adequate land is not available.
These smaller parks in Himalayan and other hilly states, where contiguous land may be difficult to acquire in view of the difficult terrain, will also be considered under the scheme.
These solar parks will be set up by 2019-20 with a financial assistance of Rs 8,100 crore from the Centre. After completion, the total capacity of all solar parks will generate 64 billion units of electricity per year, saving 55 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emission per year over their life cycle.
The renewable energy ministry is implementing a scheme for development of at least 25 solar parks with an aggregate capacity of 20,000 MW, which was launched in December 2014. As on date, 34 solar parks with an aggregate capacity of 20,000 mw have been approved and are at various stages of development.