Gujarat riding on the sun’s chariot

We had been laughed at once we made up our minds to set up solar power crops," recalls Gujarat energy minister, Saurabh Patel, while talking about the state’s foray into the solar power sector. "Despite the hurdles, Gujarat became the primary state to release a solar power coverage long ago in 2009," he quickly adds.
For lengthy the state remained on the peak on the subject of having the very best installed solar power generation capacity. It, alternatively, misplaced the numero uno position to other states which pursued competitive capacity addition.

To reclaim its main position in solar power, Gujarat has now set an ambitious target of including 15,000MW to 20,000MW over the following couple of years. "In addition to the prevailing solar power coverage, the Gujarat executive has also get a hold of solar-wind hybrid coverage. We are taking a look at establishing 4 to five solar hybrid parks with minimum 2,000 MW capacity and maximum 5,000MW," says Patel.

These hybrid parks — the place electrical energy is generated thru solar and wind energy crops on the similar location and grid sharing will probably be established in Kutch because the district has huge tracts of barren land. Around 20,000 hectares of land have already been recognized. "We are aiming to create 20,000 MW solar-wind hybrid energy generation capacity there," Patel added.

To reach its goals, the state is banking on huge solar parks. It has already set the ball rolling for three ultra-mega solar parks, which include a 5,000 MW park at Dholera near Ahmedabad, a 700 MW and a 500 MW respectively at Radhanesda and Harshad in Banaskantha district. The already commissioned Gujarat Solar Park-1 at Charanka in Patan currently has installed capacity of 615MW, whilst initiatives of 95MW are below construction and 30MW below making plans. So some distance, the park has witnessed investments of Rs 5,365 crore and generated 3,441 million units until date. Gujarat’s present installed solar power generation capacity is 1,637MW.

Twenty corporations have submitted expression of passion (EOI) for 1,000MW initiatives for the primary section of the 5,000MW Dholera solar park. Gujarat is also aggressively selling solar power generation thru rooftops and canal-tops. A 1MW solar plant has been set up over a branch canal at Chandrasan village, Mehsana. Another 35MW canal-top project has been inbuilt Vadodara.

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