Solar Park Targets Enhanced to 40,000 MW
The Government of India has approved the enhancement of capacity from 20,000 MW to 40,000 MW of the Scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects. The enhanced capacity would ensure setting up of at least 50 solar parks each with a capacity of 500 MW and above in various parts of the country. This capacity enhancement of solar parks is due to the success of the implementation of the earlier capacity of 20,000 MW solar parks.
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. The capacity of the solar park scheme has been enhanced after considering the demand for additional solar parks from the States. The Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects will be set up by 2019–20 with Central Government financial support of `8,100 crore. The total capacity when operational will generate 64 billion units of electricity per year which will lead to abatement of around 55 million tonnes of CO2 per year over its life-cycle. It would also contribute to long-term energy security of the country and promote ecologically sustainable growth by reduction in carbon emissions and carbon footprint, as well as generate large direct and indirect employment opportunities in solar and allied industries, such as glass, metals, heavy industrial equipment, etc. The solar parks will also provide productive use of abundant uncultivable lands which in turn facilitate development of the surrounding areas.