Solar park capacity to double to 40GW

The government approved a plan to double the capacity of solar parks and ultra-mega solar power projects to 40,000 MW from 20,000 MW. The decision was taken by the Cabinet's panel on economic affairs. A roadmap would be finalised shortly to set up at least 50 solar parks, each with a capacity of 500MW except in hilly areas where adequate land is not available.

Smaller parks in Himalayan and other hilly states, where contiguous land may be difficult to acquire in view of difficult terrain, will also be considered under the scheme.

These solar parks will be set up by 2019-20 with an aid of Rs.8,100 crore from the Centre. After completion, the total capacity of all solar parks will generate 64 billion units of electricity per year, saving 55 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emission a year over their life cycle.

State governments will first nominate solar power park developer and identify land for the project. They will then send the proposal to the ministry of new and renewable energy for approval.

The renewable energy ministry is implementing a scheme for development of at least 25 solar parks with an aggregate capacity of 20,000 MW , which was launched in December 2014.

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