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  Rajasthan races ahead of all indian states in Solar power

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Parabolic Dish Array, Rajasthan

India’s solar installed capacity has crossed the 4,000 Mw mark. With close to 1.128 Mw of projects, Rajasthan has taken the lead ahead of all other states. It has elbowed out Gujarat, which has 957 Mw of solar power projects, from the top-slot for the first time. Following closely behind are Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

Apart from the regular solar power-rich states, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and newly formed Telangana have now joined the solar bandwagon.

The table show the India’s solar installed capacity in Indian states:

State                    2012-13                2013-14                   2014-15 

Rajasthan             301.15                    666.7                      1128

Gujarat                824.09                    860.4                        953

Madhya Pradesh 11.75                      130                            637

Maharahtra         75.5                        150                            354

Punjab                NA                          9.3                            239

Andhra Pradesh 76.95                       92.9                           228

Tamil nadu         19.11                       31.8                           164

Karnataka          79                             31                            104

Telangana          NA                           NA                              83

Uttar Pradesh    NA                           NA                              73

Total Installed Capacity 1387.55        2208                         4000 

Rajasthan largest amount of solar radiation

According to studies conducted by the US Department of Energy, Rajasthan received the second largest amount of solar radiation in the world and Tamil  Nadu led India’s renewable energy efforts as over 30 per cent of the state’s energy came from renewable sources.
  The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), a public sector company, has been selected to take the solar power mission of the country forward, keeping in mind the prospects of tapping solar energy in a big way in states like Rajasthan and Gujarat, said A K Singhal, Director (Finance), NTPC Limited.  The Government of India, in its National Solar Plan, has envisaged at least 20,000 MW of solar power generation by 2020 and up to 200,000 MW by 2050.

  Rajasthan supports solar power generation

The Government of Rajasthan supports development of both solar thermal and solar photovoltaic (SPV) power generation. To demonstrate and  commercialize solar thermal technology in India, Ministry of  Non- Conventional Energy Sources (MNES) is promoting megawatt scale projects  such as the proposed solar thermal plant at Mathania in Rajasthan. Government of India is encouraging private sector projects through fiscal and promotional incentives for the renewable energy sector. Parallel efforts are underway in the area of solar PV in which pilot-scale grid-connected solar PV power systems (25 KW to 100 KW) are under trial operations in addition to stand-alone projects in remote unelectrified areas. In Rajasthan, the State Government plans to establish a Solar Energy Enterprises Zone (SEEZ) in the districts of Barmer, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur by offering a package of incentives to private investors willing to develop various solar power technologies including solar thermal, solar photovoltaics (SPV), solar chimney etc. An International solicitation recently issued by Rajasthan has yielded two 50 MW solar PV power stations as well as one solar chimney project (200 MW) to be operated on an Independent Power Production (IPP) basis.

  Solar Power Project Mathania

Solar Power Project Mathania is about 30 Kms from Jodhpur. Solar radiation available in this regions is of the order of 6-6 .4 K wh/m2/ day which makes it a suitable location foe setting up of large Central Power Station based on Solar  Energy.  


This project involves construction of an integrated Solar Combined Cycle (ISCC) plant with an average Solar yield of about 35 MW and a fossil field of maximum 3 times the solar field capacity, the total output of around 140 MW. It will be based on the integrated operation of the parabolic trough solar plant with a combined cycle gas turbine using fossil fuels such as Naphtha, fuel oil or low sulphur heavy stock (LSHS). The ISCC will operate as base load plant with and expected plant load factor of 80%.

Rationale for the Project 

The capital cost of solar thermal power generation technologies is 2.5 to 3 times more than fossil-based generation options resulting in a cost per unit of electricity higher than conventional power.  

National Solar Mission phase -1

Buoyed by the allocation of 873 megawatt to Rajasthan by the Centre under the National Solar Mission phase -1 out of the 1100 mw, the state is planning to develop four solar parks of 1,000 mw capacity with a thrust on equipment manufacturing. Speaking at the solar energy session on the first day of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas -2012, chief minister Ashok Gehlot said, "Solar parks of 1,000 mw capacity will be set up in Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Barmer. These enclaves will consist  zones for activities like manufacturing, research and development, and training."

  State, Clinton Foundation sign MoU on solar power

The Rajasthan government on 19 January 2010 signed a Memorandum of  Understanding (MoU) with Clinton Foundation for producing power from solar energy. Power secretary Naresh Pal Gangwar and chairman of Clinton Foundation, Ira Magaziner, signed the papers in the presence of  chief minister Ashok Gehlot at the CMO.  
  As per the agreement, Clinton Foundation would provide technical assistance and other requirements for establishing solar energy parks in the state. These parks would be of the capacity of 3,000 to 5,000 MW and the land has been identified at two places — Badi Sid and Kansingh ki Isd in Jodhpur and Bhadla in Jaisalmer.

  Moser Baer to set up India's largest grid connected Solar farm in Rajasthan

Moser Baer Photo Voltaic (MBPV), a wholly owned subsidiary of Moser Baer India,  announced  on November 30, 2007 that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Rajasthan for setting up of a large Solar Power Project in the State with an estimated generation capacity of 1 ~ 5 MW. The project will be the largest grid-connected solar farm in India and entail an investment of around USD 25 million (Rs 100 crores) at USD 4.5 million per MW.

Solar Policy-2010.

  Solar panel

The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation on July 20, 2010 released a draft “Solar Policy-2010” to tap the potential of solar energy in the State and set ambitious targets under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. The Corporation has invited comments from experts, investors and public at large by July 31 for finalising the policy.

According to an official release, the objective of the policy is to establish Rajasthan as a national leader in solar energy in a phased manner by creating a framework for promoting the solar energy applications. The ultimate objective is to develop a global hub of solar power of 10,000 MW to 12,000 MW capacity in the next 10 to 12 years to
meet increasing energy needs.


Kiran Energy commissions 55MW solar plant in Rajasthan

Indian solar power producer Kiran Energy has commissioned a 55MW plant in the Rawra village of the state of Rajasthan in March 2013. The projects was implemented under the Phase I of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission and enhances the company's portfolio to 80MW. L&T and Mahindra EPC were employed as the engineering, procurement and construction services for the Rawra plant, reported The Hindu BusinessLine.

The plant is estimated to generate over 90,000MWh of clean electricity a year on an average, sufficient to cater to the energy requirements of more than 275 thousand households while also displacing 80,000t of carbon emissions per annum. The DC solar photovoltaic facility has three separate power purchase agreements with the National Thermal Power Corporation's (NTPC) power-trading subsidiary, NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN).

Welspun Energy commissions solar PV project in Rajasthan

Welspun Energy had commissioned part 15 MW capacity earlier this year, and the balance 35 MW capacity additions have been achieved recently. Solar developer Welspun Energy has commissioned its utility-scale solar project in five months, well ahead of schedule. Welspun Energy had commissioned part 15 MW capacity earlier this year, and the balance 35 MW capacity additions have been achieved recently; thereby meeting its commitment of generating clean energy for Rajasthan. Within three days of commissioning, the 15 MW capacity is generating a high DC PLF of 22.6% in the stabilisation period. ;

This is the largest solar project to be developed by Welspun Energy and is also the largest PV power plant in India. The entire 50 MW solar project, located near Phalodi, Jodhpur district was developed in three phases of 15 MW, 15 MWand 20 MW. The PV project will generate total electricity of 90 Mn kWh annually and supply clean energy to power 25  million families. With the commissioning of this project, an estimated 83,220 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions will be mitigated each year. Welspun Energy had won this 50 MW solar project in a competitive bid under Batch-2, Phase-1 of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. The company was the only one to be awarded a maximum capacity of 50 MW under this scheme.

  33MW of Solar Capacity in Rajasthan by Giriraj Enterprises Ltd.

Giriraj Enterprises Ltd. of India completed 33 megawatts of solar-power capacity, the most to be built under the nation’s Renewable Energy Credits mechanism.The company started output from three projects of 19, 11 and 3 megawatts in the western state of Rajasthan in March, 2013

Godawari Power commissions 50 MW Solar Thermal Power Plant 

The 50 MW Solar Thermal Power Plant set up by Godawari Power and Ispat Ltd's wholly owned Subsidiary viz., Godawari Green Energy Limited at Village Nokh, Dist: Jaisalmer, in the State of Rajasthan has started commercial operations with effect from June 19, 2013. The Commissioning
Certificate of Project has been issued by Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited vide its letter dated July 02, 2013.
  The Company's 50 MW Solar Thermal Power is the India's first solar thermal power plant which started commercial operations amongst the seven Solar Thermal Power Projects awarded under Phase - I of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNSM) of Government of India.


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