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Introduction

Ministry of New and renewable Energy (MNRE) has  drawn  a scheme to set up number of solar parks across various states in the country, each with a capacity of Solar Projects  generally above 500 MW. The Scheme proposes to provide financial support by Government of India to establish solar parks with an aim to facilitate creation  of  infrastructure  necessary  for  setting  up  new solar  power  projects  in  terms  of  allocation  of  land, transmission and evacuation lines, access roads, availability of water and others, in a focused manner.

Solar  Energy  Corporation  of  India  (SECI),  a  central  public  sector  enterprises  under  MNRE , has  been implementing various  schemes to  develop  solar sector  in the  country.  As per the policy, these solar parks will be developed in collaboration with the State Governments. The implementation agency would be Solar Energy Corporation  of  India  (SECI)  on  behalf  of Government  of  India  (GOI).  SECI  will  handle  funds  to  be  made available under the scheme on behalf of GOI. The states shall designate a nodal agency for implementation of the solar park.

The Solar Park is a concentrated zone of development of solar power generation  projects. As part of Solar park development, land required for development of Solar Power Projects with cumulative capacity  generally  500 MW and above will be identified and acquired and various infrastructure like transmission system,  water, road connectivity  and  communication  network etc.  will  be  developed.  The  parks will  be  characterized  by  welldeveloped  proper infra-structure where the risk & gestation period of the projects will  be minimized. At the state level, the solar park will enable the  states to bring in significant investment from project developers  in Solar Power sector, to  meet its Solar Purchase Obligation (SPO) mandates and provide employment opportunities to local population. The state will also  be able to reduce its carbon footprint by avoiding emissions equivalent to the solar park’s generated capacity. 

MNRE scheme for development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects