Government is planning to cancel solar park allocations due to it’s slow progress. The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) is set to review the status of solar parks where developers have gone awry to make substantial progress and had even planned to cancel their allocations, two officials aware of the development told.
The government stand arrives at a time when numerous solar parks in the country are however to be commissioned despite the truth that many years have gone since their allocation by the government to developers. According to the latest information from the MNRE put forward in the Parliament, as of 30 June, a total of 61 solar parks with 40GW capability were approved under the sameosal of ‘Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects’, out of which only 10GW has been assigned. “The government may examine the parks which have not done very well… and also look at whether we want to discontinue those to free up abilities,” one of the two officials told, petitioning anonymity.
The solar parks are build in collaboration with state governments and their mechanisms, central public sector enterprises and private entrepreneurs. The functioning agency is termed Solar Power Park Developer (SPPD). There are various modes to select the implementing agency.
The proposed review of solar parks is also making mark at a time when the parliamentary existing committee on energy has conveyed disappointment over the slow development of solar parks, as only eight were created during 2015-2020, against the mark of over 50 solar parks by 2022.
In its answer to the panel’s proposals and observations, the ministry announced that it is making concerted actions to accomplish the target of completion of solar parks with a total capacity of 40GW by 2023-24, demonstrated the 28th report of the house panel on the action taken by the administration over the recommendations made by the panel.