Maharashtra govt will use infertile land for solar power generation projects
The aim ultimately is to reduce dependency on thermal power
Speaking at a video conference with the Indo French Chamber of Commerce, state energy minister Nitin Raut said that land that is deemed unsuitable for farming, or infertile across Maharashtra will be utilised for solar power generation projects.
He mentioned that both state and privately owned land will be put forth for solar projects, adding that there will be a single-window clearance plan for all renewable and clean energy projects in the state which will help in completing the projects on time.
The energy minister said that the aim ultimately is to reduce dependency on thermal power, while protecting the earth from global warming or climate change as it is known in some quarters.
'The state is presently scouting for land which will be made available for massive solar projects. It will cater to the growing demand of electricity across the state while at the same time ensure we invest more in generation of green energy,' Raut said.
The video conference also consisted of some officials from Maharashtra State Power Generation Company or Mahagenco and Mahatransco (Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company). It is said that the policies will be drafted by a high-level committee after studying solar projects in regions like Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Raut also announced that 2500 MW-capacity solar parks under the ultra mega renewable energy solar park scheme are currently under development in Maharashtra as part of a joint venture with NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation).
The railways recently announced that popular stations like Lonavala and Khandala will be running on solar energy, giving a boost to the state's solar initiative. These solar energy plans were drafted by the Central Railway and will extend to other stations on its railway lines across Maharashtra.