The Centre is confident that the Gujarat government will offer land for wind energy projects tendered by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in the State.
Project developers had alleged that the State is not leasing land for wind projects auctioned by Central agencies such as SECI. The developers also alleged that Gujarat sought an assured supply of power to the State power distribution company (Discom) in return of land allocation for the projects. The dispute had jeopardised 2,000 MW of centrally bid wind-based power generation projects expected to come up in Gujarat.
“The State government was worried that all the good regions, where wind generation potential is higher, will be taken up for projects that have been bid out through the SECI tenders. This would leave them with no land for the projects they bid out. But the State has been assured that this will not be the case and abundant land will be available for other projects,” an official aware of the discussions between the Centre, State, SECI and developers told BusinessLine. Read more