The number of approved solar parks has risen to 33 in 21 states. The aggregate capacity of solar parks is 19,900 MW. According to Ashvini Kumar, managing director of Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), said, “Solar Park is a very novel concept out of India. It can be replicated elsewhere through the International Solar Alliance.” As against 25 solar parks planned, the ministry (of new and renewable energy) has now approved 33 solar parks in 21 states with aggregate capacity of 19,900 MW.
SECI is an implementing agency and it has released Rs. 54.93 crore to the respective states from the sanctioned amount of Rs. 374 crore. SECI is involved with the five of 33 solar parks, including one coming up at Rewa.
Till now, the 750 MW park at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh was said to be the biggest in the world. Now, the officials say, that Karnataka will have the biggest one, with 2,000 MW capacity being planned at Pavagad in Tumakuru. Also, hilly states have been allowed to set up smaller parks, as getting land there is a big problem. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has drafted a scheme to set up number of solar parks across various states in the country, each of them with 500 MW capacity Under the solar park policy, land is provided by the state governments. Around 5 acres are required for one megawatt capacity, so around 1 lakh acres land would be required for 33 solar parks taken together.
Piyush Goyal, Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister told that the installed solar power capacity in India has crossed 5,000 MW in January and would achieve the target of 18,000 MW by the end of the year 2017. In a recently held meeting at Tirupati, he said that India has initiated the world’s largest renewable energy programme by increasing the existing 3,500 MW by 5 fold to 175 GW to be achieved by 2022. Also, the meeting was attended by well known MPs like Bharat Singh, Om Prakash Yadav, Sushil Kishore Singh and Jayadev Galla where they reviewed the progress that was made by the solar park scheme and the measures taken by NTPC, National Thermal Power Corporation, which aims at reducing emissions.
Upendra Tripathy, MNRE Secretary said that they have launched a number of projects like Scheme for Development of Solar Parks to achieve 20 GW through ultra mega solar parks.