Addressing attendees at the ‘Showcase of Policy Initiatives by Gujarat’, during Re-Invest 2018, Saurabhbhai Patel, Minister of Energy, Government of Gujarat, announced that the state government will issue a 250 MW grid-connected solar tender linked with storage, within the next couple of months.
He added that Gujarat will beat the current year’s 150 MW rooftop PV solar target, set by the central Indian Government, while in the next three years, the state will add more than 5 GW of new solar PV capacity.
Under the various initiatives to promote solar installations, the Gujarat Government is also in the process of drafting a land policy for renewables; and has approved a fund totaling INR 135 billion (US$ 1.82 billion) to establish the infrastructure for power evacuation by transmission companies. Interestingly, Gujarat is the only Indian state where DISCOMs enjoy an AAA rating.
Gujarat has set the target of 8 GW of installed solar capacity by 2022. As of September 2018, it stood at 1,723.25 MW, comprising 1,518.87 MW of ground-mounted grid connected solar and 204.38 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar.
Of the 26,449 MW of capacity that has been approved for 45 solar parks across 22 states of India, Gujarat has received the green light for developing 6,200 MW via three projects: 700 MW at Radhanesada, 500 MW at Harshad, and 5,000 MW at the Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR). When completed, the latter will be the world’s largest solar park.