EU and India step up cooperation on solar parks

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Developed as part of the EU India cooperation in Clean Energy and Climate Partnership Project, the standard operation procedures and monitoring tool for solar parks were launched by Praveen Kumar, additional secretary of MNRE and Ms Friederike Tschampa, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., delegation of the European Union to India.

Solar parks are key for India to achieve its installed solar capacity target of ‘100 GW by 2022,’ contributing around 40 GW to the overall target. During 2016-19, the number of solar parks in India went up from one park with a total of 345 MW to 12 parks of up to around 6500 MW with more than an additional 10 other solar parks under different stages of development.

Identifying solar parks as one of the key areas, the EU India cooperation in clean energy and climate action has supported over 16 Indian States including Haryana, Andrah Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Odissa, Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam, Arunachal, Nagaland. It has also interacted with the states of Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Manipur and Mizoram in several areas linked with solar parks and solar power development and implementation.

With funding of 1.66 million euros, EU’s technical assistance programme focuses on the implementation and management of identified solar parks.

The standard operation procedures—developed under the programme—have been prepared for development, implementation, construction, operation and maintenance of solar parks. These include an operation and maintenance manual and a health and safety manual for solar parks, as well as recommendations for solar plants based on international best practices.

www.mnre-solarparksindia.com, an online monitoring tool designed and implemented under the EU technical programme,  will have general information on solar parks as well as dynamic data on energy, power, voltage and frequency from commissioned solar parks. It will provide data to all interested parties in India and abroad, while also allowing the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to better track the solar parks development and operation through the years to come.