May 31, 2016: With the aim to promote solar equipment manufacturers and power generators, the ministry of new and renewable energy is all set to introduce policy solar zones that will extend to one or more districts of a state.
Tarun Kapoor, the joint secretary of the ministry said that the ministry has been working on the policy for solar zones that will extend to one or more districts of a state with the aim to encourage equipment manufactures and generators. He also said that the work on the policy is nearly complete and it will be introduced in June 2016.
Kapoor also said that under the strategy, the manufacturer will be given inputs such as land availability and power migration locations for setting up his project.
Indian ministry to introduce policy on solar zones
In contrast to solar parks, the manufacturer will need to obtain land for the project and the ministry in partnership with the states will offer input about accessibility of land. The manufacturer will be free to organize land for the schemes since he will have the choice of either purchasing or getting land on lease.
Government would build up transmission network in every solar zone for evacuation of power at dissimilar points to assist the manufacturers, Kapoor added. Furthermore he said that every solar zone will consist of a central office to be built with the support of state governments to direct the manufacturers.
The Government is planning to add 10,500MW of solar power generation faculty throughout the present fiscal. Apart from this, the government is looking forwards to encourage solar equipment manufacturing capability in the nation.
Currently, the solar module manufacturing capability is 5GW each year. Likewise , the solar cell manufacturing capability is around 2GW.
The country is planning to have 175GW renewable power capability by 2022, counting 60GW of wind and 100 GW of solar.