Kutch area in Gujarat, the biggest salt desert within the nation and host to 2 of India’s largest coal-fired energy vegetation, will now add one other feather to its cap.
The nation’s largest energy generator, NTPC, by means of its renewable power arm, will assemble what could be India’s largest single native solar energy park of 4.75 Gigawatt (Gw) in Kutch. NTPC Renewable Vitality (NTPC-REL) has acquired the approval of the nodal ministry of recent and renewable power, stated an organization’s assertion.
NTPC-REL plans to make use of this venture for manufacturing of inexperienced hydrogen, too. Hydrogen produced from renewable sources is named inexperienced hydrogen.
NTPC-REL was given the go-ahead below Mode 8 (Extremely Mega Renewable Vitality Energy Park) of Photo voltaic Park Scheme, the corporate stated in a launch. “As a part of its inexperienced power portfolio augmentation, NTPC, India’s largest power built-in firm, goals to construct 60 GW Renewable Vitality Capability by 2032,” it stated. There are 5 operational solar energy parks within the nation, of which Bhadla in Rajasthan (2.2 Gw) and Pavgada in Karnataka (2.05 Gw) are among the many world’s largest single location photo voltaic vegetation. India’s first solar energy park of 0.75 Gw was totally commissioned in 2019 in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh.
The present complete put in era capability of NTPC stands at 66 Gw. Out of this, thermal (coal+fuel) is 61 Gw, hydro 3.7 Gw, photo voltaic is 1 Gw and the steadiness is wind. NTPC integrated a wholly-owned subsidiary for its renewable power initiatives in October 2020, which Gurdeep Singh, chairman and managing director of the corporate, stated could be listed quickly.
“We must always not deal with a method of elevating funds. We wish to quickly go public for elevating funds,” he stated, including the corporate would add 7-8 GW renewable yearly. Other than photo voltaic and wind energy initiatives, NTPC is seeking to put money into inexperienced hydrogen and inexperienced methanol – cleaner fuels which might be manufactured at models powered by renewable power.
The ministry introduced a solar energy park scheme in 2014-15 when it focused 20 Gw of capability below photo voltaic parks/extremely mega solar energy initiatives by 2020. The goal yr was elevated this yr to a different 5 years.
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Beneath the scheme, the ministry offers Central Monetary Help to non-public venture builders.
The photo voltaic parks provide appropriate developed land with all clearances, transmission system, water entry, street connectivity, communication community, and many others. The scheme facilitates and hastens set up of grid linked solar energy initiatives for electrical energy era on a big scale. SECI is the designated authority for solar energy park growth.
NTPC at present places up renewable era capability by means of two routes — units up the venture itself or awards the capability to non-public gamers. It might develop the Kutch park itself whereas awarding capability to completely different gamers who would put up era models. NTPC already has a 0.65 Gw solar energy park in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. The capability was awarded to a number of main personal venture builders and was declared commissioned in 2017.
The Gujarat authorities has recognized the Kutch area for organising 40 Gw of hybrid renewable power initiatives within the area and has earmarked 60,000 hectares for a similar. There are, nonetheless, environmental issues for the area, as it’s a prime spot of a number of chicken species.
Rajasthan is going through an analogous situation with energy strains of photo voltaic vegetation allegedly inflicting the loss of life of Nice Indian Bustard. A number of ecology specialists have stated the area isn’t wasteland, as identified by state and Central governments.