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Ministry Wants States to Identify Land for Green Power Projects
The Economic Times  |  May 13, 2019

Kaavya Chandrasekaran Bengaluru

MNRE, which promised to ensure availability of land and transmission facilities to bidders, is in talks with states

 

The renewable energy ministry has held discussions with state governments to find out how much land they are willing to set aside for renewable energy parks, a senior official told ET.

 

This follows a recent announcement by the ministry that it will ensure that land and transmission facilities are in place for developers who win wind and solar projects in auctions conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), its nodal agency.

 

Last week, MNRE (the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy) officials held discussions with their counterparts in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the central government official said, requesting not to be named. Meetings with Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka are in the offing, the official added.

 

“We want the states to identify actual parcels of land where projects can be set up,” the official said. “Developers can bid comfortably knowing they won’t have to hunt for land. We will make sure Power Grid Corporation of India provides connectivity in these places too. PGCIL is already working on extending its transmission.”

 

As per the official, Gujarat has agreed to provide land to accommodate 10,000 MW Andhra will be giving space for 8,000 MW, while Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have offered land for 19,000 MW and 5,000 MW, respectively. “The broad areas of land have been identified. In around a month, SECI will start floating more tenders,” the official cited earlier said.

 

Gujarat, in particular, had been reluctant to provide land for centrally-auctioned renewable energy projects, since the power produced would not necessarily go to Gujarat, but could be provided anywhere in the country through the inter-state transmission network.

 

MNRE hopes that these meetings will iron out any differences that may have arisen with the states. In March, it had announced an incentive scheme by which states putting up green energy projects would be entitled to Rs 0.02 of every unit of power produced by the plant, irrespective of where the power was supplied.