MNRE Scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects
The scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects, the Ministry furnished that:
“The scheme for development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects has been conceived on the lines of the “Charanka Solar Park” in Gujarat which is a first-of-its-kind large scale Solar Park in India with contiguous developed land and transmission connectivity.
The salient features of the scheme are as under:
i) The scheme for “Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects” has been rolled out by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy on 12/12/2014.
ii) Under this scheme, it was 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 5 years starting from 2014-15.
iii) This scheme envisages supporting the States in setting up solar parks at various locations in the country with a view to create required infrastructure for setting up of Solar Power Projects. The solar parks will provide suitable developed land with all clearances, transmission system, water access, road connectivity, communication network, etc. This scheme will facilitate and speed up installation of grid connected solar power projects for electricity generation on a large scale.
iv) All the States and Union Territories are eligible for getting benefit under the scheme.
v) The capacity of the solar parks shall be 500 MW and above. However, smaller parks may be considered in Himalayan Region & other hilly States where contiguous land may be difficult to acquire in view of difficult terrain and in States where there is acute shortage of non-agricultural land.
vi) The solar parks will be developed in collaboration with the State Governments and their agencies. The choice of implementing agency for developing and maintaining the park is left to the State Government.
vii) Under the scheme, the Ministry provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) of up to Rs. 25 lakh per solar park for preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR). Beside this, CFA of up to Rs. 20.00 lakh per MW or 30% of the project cost, including Grid-connectivity cost, whichever is lower, is also provided on achieving the milestones prescribed in the scheme. The approved grant is released by Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. (SECI) as per milestones.
viii) SECI has been entrusted with the responsibility of administering the Scheme.”