Gujarat Frames Land Policy for Renewable Energy Projects

A total area which can accommodate 30,000 MW of renewable energy will be sanctioned for these parks, with each park large enough to install a minimum of 1,000 MW.

Gujarat Frames Land Policy for Renewable Energy Projects

Gujarat has released its land policy for renewable energy projects, which seeks to set up wind parks and wind-solar hybrid parks in the state, similar to solar parks. A welcome development for wind developers who want to set up their projects in Gujarat.

Land had lately been a bone of contention between project developers and the Gujarat government, with the latter reluctant to lease land for wind projects auctioned by central agencies like the Solar Corporation of India (SECI), while providing such land for similar projects sanctioned by the state agency, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL).

Many developers, who had won SECI projects and intended to set them up in Gujarat, which has some of the best wind energy producing sites in the country found themselves stuck as a result. Gujarat officials had stated that leasing of land would resume once the state’s land policy on the matter had been finalised. 

The government has clarified that henceforth all Central projects will have to be built inside these parks. “All future solar, wind and solar-wind hybrid projects will be subject to this,” a top official said. 

A total area which can accommodate 30,000 MW of renewable energy will be sanctioned for these parks, with each park large enough to install a minimum of 1,000 MW. (Of the 30,000 MW, 10,000 MW will be set aside for projects initiated by state PSUs.) “We will decide the exact location of the parks in consultation with developers,” the official told ET. “The idea is not to have projects dispersed all over the state, with wires running everywhere. Evacuation will also be easier.” 

Wind projects need around 0.75 acres per megawatt, while solar projects require 5-6 acres. But sites with wind speeds high enough to produce power are limited. Gujarat, which already has a number of solar parks, is keen that the new parks come up mostly in the Kutch area.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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