Kutch district in Gujarat is where the state government has been reported by local media to have approved to allocate land for 41.5 GW renewable energy capacity. Pictured is Pingleshwar in Kutch district. (Photo Credit: Kutch District Administration)
- Gujarat state cabinet has been reported by local media as having approved revenue department’s proposal to allot 60,000 heactares of land for a renewable energy project
- It is proposed to host 41.5 GW solar and wind power capacity by SECI, NTPC, Suzlon, Adani Power, GSEC and GIPCL
- The Prime Minister’s office has been taking keen interest in the project as the country moves closer to meeting its 175 GW renewable energy capacity target by 2022
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A news report by Indian daily business newspaper The Economic Times (ET) says the state cabinet of Gujarat has approved a proposal of the revenue department to allot land that will host 41.5 GW renewable energy capacity. It will comprise both solar PV and wind power technology projects.
The hybrid project will be located in Kutch district for which the administration plans to save 60,000 hectares of land. According to the report, land allocation has been approved for various state and central agencies along with for private players to set up following solar and wind power capacities:
- 23 GW by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI)
- 5 GW by National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)
- 4 GW by Suzlon
- 3.5 GW by Adani Power
- 3.5 GW GSEC, previously Gujarat State Export Corporation Limited
- 2.5 GW by Gujarat Industries Power Company Ltd. (GIPCL)
Back in August 2019, NTPC said it was planning a 5 GW ultra mega solar park in Gujarat’s Kutch district (see NTPC Planning 5 GW Ultra Mega Solar Park In Gujarat).
It happens to be a project that’s close to Gujarat born Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s renewable energy plans for the country. His office had apparently been pursuing the state administration to expedite land allotment for the project and been taking it up during his monthly Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) reviews. Modi wanted the project to be up and running by 2022 when the country is targeting to meet the official target of 175 GW of installed renewable energy capacity.
As on June 30, 2020, India had installed over 87.66 GW of grid connected renewable energy capacity comprising more than 35 GW of solar PV, as per the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
In a related development, Indian Press Trust Agency (PTI) reported Adani Group’s 1.5 GW solar power project planned to come up near Pokhran in Jaisalmer in a joint venture with the State Government of Rajasthan hit a bump recently when the Rajasthan High Court temporarily put a stay on it after local farmers objected to some 990 hectares of land allotted for the purpose as being agricultural land whose status had been reportedly changed to barren land to accommodate the project.