The Indian State of Gujarat used to be at the top in the country when it came to Solar Power. Gujarat was the first state in India to explicitly come up with the concept of a solar power park in India. The state developed the Charanka solar power park even before the central government could hold the first national-level solar power auction.
Now, the state is looking to get its position back by implementing the largest solar plant in the country. Gujarat Chief Minister recently told media outlets that his government will set up a 5 gigawatt solar power park in the state. The solar power park will come up along the cost of Gulf of Khambat. A 200 megawatt wind energy park is also planned along with the solar power park.
The state is already free from two major issues in implementing solar plant: first, land ownership and second, environmental clearances. The state already owns the land required for the plant and also, it does not need to pass any environmental clearances. The installation is expected to go at an accelerating rate.
State’s already installed Charanka solar power park was built with a capacity of 300MW being the largest solar park of its time. Its capacity can be increased to 700 MW according to some reports.
Gujarat has also approved the development and installation of two more solar power parks with an added capacity of 1,200 megawatts. Gujarat initially set the target of 7 GW of renewable energy by FY2021-22. The projects and parks are being developed to fulfill the state’s pre-defined targets. This target capacity would include 5.5 gigawatts of solar power and 1.5 gigawatts of wind energy capacity.
Source: Clean Technica