Ministry of New and Renewable Energy 30-April, 2015 17:19 IST
Special Solar Power Zones

            The Government has rolled out a scheme for development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects on 12th December 2014 which   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. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy  in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. The solar parks will have 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. All the States and Union Territories are eligible for benefits under the scheme.

 

The Minister further stated that the number of Solar Parks coming up in the States are as under:

 

Sl.No.

State

No. of Solar Parks and Capacity (MW)

1.

Gujarat

One solar park of 700 MW

 

2.

Andhra Pradesh

Two solar parks of 1500 MW & 1000 MW

 

3.

Uttar Pradesh

One solar park of 600 MW

 

4.

Meghalaya

One solar park of 20 MW

 

5.

Rajasthan

Three solar parks of 680 MW, 1000 MW & 1000 MW

 

6.

Madhya Pradesh

Two solar parks of 750 MW each

 

7.

Karnataka

One solar park of 2000 MW

 

8.

Tamil Nadu

One solar park of 500 MW

 

9.

Punjab

Two solar parks of 500 MW each

 

10.

Telangana

One solar park of 1000 MW

 

11

Kerala

One solar park of 200 MW

 

12

Uttarakhand

One solar park of 39 MW

 

        Total

17 solar parks of  12739 MW

 

 

The Minister further stated that the scheme provides for setting 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. The Ministry provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) of Rs. 25 lakh per solar park for preparation of Detailed Project Report, for conducting surveys, etc. 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 under the scheme.  Besides, Government also grants concessional Customs Duty/ Excise duty exemption for setting up Solar Power Plants, Accelerated Depreciation and Tax Holidays.

 

            The Minister further stated that Land for the setting up of the solar park is identified by the State Government unless the implementing agency has its own land.  It is the responsibility of the State Government to make the land available, the Minister added.

 

RM/RS-  USQ6196 – LS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


(Release ID :121059)