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The Sun is bright in Gujarat

Started with Solar Power Policy (2009), Government of Gujarat has shown keen interest in harnessing Solar Energy. The state of Gujarat shown significant leadership in industrial development and now it is on the verge of becoming highest solar energy harnessing state in the country. The state is blessed with high solar radiation (Min 300 clear-sky days/Year). Large barren and wasteland area creates opportunity to encourage solar power generation which further help socio-economic development of the region. Government of Gujarat identified this potential to transform its land into an ‘Integrated Solar Generation Hub’ for the nation.

Solar Power Policy (2009) has following objectives; (GEDA)

  • Promoting generation of green and clean power in the State using solar energy.
  • To put in place an appropriate investment climate, that could leverage the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
  • Productive use of the wastelands, thereby engendering a socio economic transformation.
  • Employment generation and skill enhancement of local youth.
  • Promotion   of R & D and facilitation of technology transfer.
  • Establish core technical competence in professional in the state to initiate ans sustain use and effective management of newer application
  • Promotion of local manufacturing facilities.
  • Creation of environmental consciousness among citizens

Strong commitments towards developing renewable energy sector along with combating climate change, Government of Gujarat allotted 716 MW of Solar power projects to 34 national and international project developers against the 500 MW capacity declared under the Solar Power Policy -2009. This is the largest solar project allotment in the country. The list of the 34 project Developers with their capacity allotment is given in following table;

Sr. No

Name of the Project Developers

Allotment (in MW)

Solar Photovoltaic Projects

1 AES Solar Energy Pvt Ltd. USA 15
2 Astonfield Solar, USA 25
3 Azure Power Ltd. USA 15
4 Common Wealth Business Technologies, UK 10
5 Dreisatz GmbH, Germany 25
6 Environmental Systems Pvt Ltd. Mumbai 5
7 Euro Solar Ltd., Mumbai 5
8 JSW Energy, Mumbai 5
9 KRIBHCO, Surat 5
10 Lanco Solar Pvt Ltd., Hyderbad 35
11 Mi GmbH, Germany 25
12 Millenium Synegry Ltd., Banglore 10
13 Moser Baer Ltd., NOIDA 15
14 PLG Power Ltd., Nasik 20
15 Precious Energy Ltd. (Moser Bear), New Delhi 15
16 Solar Semiconductor Pvt. Ltd.,  Hyderabad 20
17 Solitaire Energies Ltd. (Moser Bear), New Delhi 15
18 Sunkon Energy Pvt. Ltd., Surat 10
19 Tathith Energies, USA 5
20 Top Sun Energy Ltd., Gandhinagar 5
21 Torrent Power Ltd., Ahmedabad 25
22 Unity Power Ltd. (Videocon Group), Aurangabad 5
23 Waree Energies Ltd. Surat 20
24 Zeba Solar, Portugal 10

Total (SPV)

365

Solar  Thermal Projects

1 ACME Telepower  Ltd. Gurgaon 46
2 Adani Power Ltd., Ahmedabad 40
3 Cargo Motors, Delhi 25
4 Electrotherm Ltd., Ahmedabad 40
5 Abengoa Ltd., Spain 40
6 IDFC, Delhi 10
7 KG Design Services Pvt Ltd., Coimbtore 10
8 Sun Borne Energy Technologies, Gujarat 50
9 NTPC, New Delhi 50
10 Welspun Urja Ltd., Ahmadabad 40

Total (Solar Thermal )

351

Grand Total (SPV+Solar Thermal)

716

 Reference: GEDA

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