The energy department of Rajasthan has decided to develop a geo-mapping based data bank for setting up of renewable energy projects in the state. Subodh Agarwal, additional chief secretary, department of energy, said the chunks of land available in all the districts will be identified with the participation of all the District Collectors of the State. A letter has been written to the District Collectors in this regard and a detailed action plan has been sent. He said that this will also create coordinated investment and employment opportunities in all possible locations of the state.
Dr Agarwal said that in view of the favourable conditions for solar power generation, Rajasthan has become the most preferred state for setting up solar plants and solar parks. The possibility of developing more capacity in the state is being worked out to achieve the country’s national renewable energy target of 500 GW by further increasing the ‘37.5 GW by 2024-25’ of installed RE capacity in the state.
Agarwal informed that at present, 14.5 GW capacity has been developed in the renewable energy sector in the state. “Our efforts and action plan are to achieve the target of 2024-25 ahead of time. At the same time, an action plan is being made so that more renewable energy potential can be developed in the state.”
He said domestic and foreign investors are coming forward to develop renewable energy projects and solar parks in the state. Big investors like Adani, Greenko and so on have also shown interest.
The government of India undertakings in the state are also willing to become partners in this sector in collaboration with the state government.
With all these possibilities and coordinated development, the availability and potential of land in all the districts is being explored for solar projects. He said that this will increase new investment and employment opportunities in the state while helping it move forward in the field of green energy.
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