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Indian state Gujarat to build 5GW solar park

CTBR Staff Writer Published 11 April 2018

The State Government of Gujarat has approved setting up a 5GW solar park at Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR) in Ahmedabad.

This new solar park aligns with the Central Government of India’s objective to add 175GW of renewable energy by 2022.

The state government has given its in-principle approval for the mega solar project. It is expected to cover a total area of up to 11,000 hectares of land along the Gulf of Khambhat in DSIR.

The total estimated cost of the project is INR250bn ($3.84bn) and is expected to create employment for more than 20,000 people during the construction phase.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani was quoted by The Times of India as saying: “Gujarat is once again leading the way with the implementation of India’s, and probably the world’s, largest solar park of 5,000MW in DSIR.

“Initial studies have shown tremendous potential for generating solar power.”

The state government also plans to construct a 200MW wind park in DSIR. In 2017, it started construction on a 700MW ultra-mega solar park at Radhanesda village of Vav taluka in Banaskantha district.  

Currently, Gujarat has a total power generation capacity of 1.4GW.

In February, a new tender for 500MW grid-connected solar power projects was launched by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL). The minimum project capacity that can be proposed has been set as 25MW while an upper limit has not been specified. 

The tender was floated by GUVNL to fulfill its renewable power purchase commitment and to address the future requirements for power distribution firms. 

Four companies prevailed in the bidding in September 2017 which included Azure Power, GRT Jewellers, Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) and Gujarat Industries Power Company (GIPCL).

Indian independent power producer Azure Power had bagged a contract to build a 260 MW solar power project.

Image: Gujarat’s 5GW solar plant is expected to cost $3.84bn. Photo: Courtesy of RK008/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.