The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri
Narendra Modi, today approved the scheme for setting up 25 solar parks each
with a capacity of 500 MW and above and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects in
various parts of the country where large chunks of land can be spared for this
These parks will be able to accommodate over 20,000 MW of solar
power projects. The Solar Parks/ Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects will be set up
during five years that is from 2014-15 to 2018-19 and will require Central
Government financial support of Rs.4050 crore. 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.
The solar parks will be developed in collaboration with
State Governments and their agencies. The choice of implementing agency for
developing and maintaining the park is left to the State Government. The
States, applying under the scheme, will have to designate an agency for the
development of the solar park.
The State Government will first nominate the implementing
agency for the solar park and also identify the land for the proposed solar
park. It will then send a proposal to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
(MNRE) for approval along with (or later) the name of the implementing agency.
The implementing agency may be sanctioned a grant of upto Rs.25 Lakh for
preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Solar Park, conducting
surveys, etc. The DPR must be prepared in 60 days.
Thereafter, application may be made by the implementing
agency to SECI for the grant of up to Rs. 20 lakhs/MW or 30 percent of the
project cost including Grid-connectivity cost, whichever is lower. The approved
grant will be released by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) as per
milestones prescribed in the scheme.
All the States and Union Territories are eligible for
benefitting under the scheme. Solar parks will enable development of solar
power in remote areas where land is inexpensive.
As the transmission system will be developed for the entire
park, developers will not have to set up their own transmission lines. This
will not only save money but will also avoid damaging the landscape of the area
as only limited transmission lines would be laid.
Developers would be able to set up projects very fast as
they will not have to get statutory and other clearances. India will emerge as
a major solar power producing country as nowhere in the world are solar parks
being developed on such a large scale.
The Finance Minister, while presenting Budget for the year
2014-15, had amongst other things announced that the new and renewable energy
deserves a very high priority and proposed to take up Ultra Mega Solar Power
Projects in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and Laddakh in Jammu & Kashmir for
which he had set aside a sum of Rs. 500 crore in the Budget.
The scheme for development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega
Soiar 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.