The BJP-led Centre is reviving mega solar power project in Leh and Ladakh with a plan to set up 23 GW of grid-connected solar power projects. The government would tender mega size solar projects to be built by private developers along with transmission network running up to Punjab.
Earlier the UPA-II government tried setting up 7.5GW solar power project but the plan never saw the light of the day. Later, the current government listed 5 GW project in Leh in its list of ultra mega solar project across country. It hasn’t been tendered till yet.
In the phase 1 of the current plan, the Centre is looking to tender 2.5 GW solar project in the Kargil Region and 5 GW in Leh district. Officials in the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) said the tender would aim at setting mega capacity of 2.5 GW at one location. India’s target for solar power is 100 GW and current installed capacity is 22 GW.
The project would be awarded by SECI – nodal agency of MNRE and the tenders would be issued by December 15. Read More