Article originally published in cleantechnica.com, on May 6th 2015
Indian states are gearing up to develop ambitious ultra mega solar power projects in association with the Solar Energy Corporation of India.
The state of Uttar Pradesh has signed agreements with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for installation of four solar PV power projects with a total capacity of 600 MW. The projects will be set up under the Indian government’s larger policy to add 20 GW solar power capacity through ultra mega solar power projects in the next few years. The capacity of these projects is expected to be between 500 MW and 4 GW, however, states where adequate land is not available will distribute the total capacity into relatively smaller sizes of few hundred megawatts.
The four projects planned in Uttar Pradesh will be distributed in a project of 350 MW, a project of 50 MW and two projects of 100 MW each. The timeline for implementation of these projects has not been revealed but the projects are part of the updated National Solar Mission which plans to add new capacity worth 97 GW by 2022.
While Uttar Pradesh has a solar power policy of its own, it is yet to see any significant momentum. Being one of the largest states, in terms of population as well as area, Uttar Pradesh holds tremendous solar power generation potential. Various state governments have so far failed to tap that potential.
SECI, for its part, has initiated procedures to set up these projects. The government agencyissued an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services tender to facilitate installation of 2 GW solar power capacity.
Agreements with 7 state governments representing 9.85 GW solar PV have so far been signed by the SECI.