India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has sanctioned 50 solar parks of cumulative 37.99 GW capacity so far under its scheme for “Development of Solar Parks and Ultra-Mega Solar Power Projects,” said R.K. Singh, union minister for power and new and renewable energy, in a written reply to a question in the lower parliament recently.
Against the sanctioned capacity, eleven solar parks aggregating 8.521 GW have been completed and seven solar parks totaling 3.985 GW partially completed. In these parks, 10,237 MW of solar projects have been developed, said the minister.
The Solar Park Scheme currently has a timeline up to March 31, 2026. Under the scheme, MNRE supports the States and union territories in setting up solar parks at various locations in the country to create the required infrastructure for setting up solar power projects.
The solar parks provide suitable developed land with all clearances, transmission systems, water access, road connectivity, communication network, etc.
Land for setting up the solar park is identified by the State Government. It is the responsibility of the State Government to make the land available.
The MNRE supports solar park development with a grant of up to INR 25 lakh per solar park for the preparation of the detailed project report and central financial assistance of up to INR 20 lakh per MW or 30% of the project cost, including grid connectivity cost, whichever is lower.
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