Gujarat is leading the way in renewable energy investments in India with Siemens announcing an investment of $87mn out of total investments of $348mn for 250MW capacity wind turbine development in Gujarat. A week ago, Tata Power submitted a proposal to set up the first offshore wind farm in Gujarat.
A couple of weeks back, Panchabuta had reported that Gujarat had allotted about 565MW of solar power capacity taking the total allotment in the state to 1281 MW.
According to reports in the media, Charanaka, a village nestled in a remote corner of Patan district in north Gujarat is destined to become the state’s hub of solar power generation. Solar panels will be laid on close to 3,000 acres of land in this village, where the state government is going to set up a ‘ Gujarat Solar Park’ at an investment of Rs 8,000 crore.
Charanaka, a village nestled in a remote corner of Patan district in north Gujarat is destined to become the state’s hub of solar power generation. Solar panels will be laid on close to 3,000 acres of land in this village , where the state government is going to set up a ‘ Gujarat Solar Park . at an investment of Rs 8,000 crore.
The apex state utility, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL), is currently in the process of entering into long term power purchase with agreements with 80 solar power project investors to commission almost 1,000 MW of generation capacity. This capacity will help procure 1,700 million units of environment friendly electricity per annum.
Many of these 80 developers will set up their generation facilities ranging from 1-45 MW units at Gujarat Solar Park. In first phase, developers will commission 500 MW of generation capacity at the park.
……The project is part of the Solar Power Policy-2009 , which proposes to encourage generation of green power. Parts of North Gujarat, Kutch and Saurashtra regions have been identified to have optimum solar power plant load factor.Charanaka in North Gujarat will be the first site to be developed.
The chosen site of Charanka has an insolation of 5.9kWh per metre square per day, said a state government official. Developers have already started work at the site as the government intends to showcase the site to the participants of the Vibrant summit, said a state government official.
It seems like Gujarat will continue to remain the leader in grid scale solar energy in India with their proactive policy and marketing apart from the geographical and location suitability.