Indian Government is Encouraging Building Solar Power Plants on Waste Land

The Government of India is encouraging the use of waste land for installation of solar power plants. India’s Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal, made the announcement in response to a question in Parliament. Under the scheme, 32 solar parks of 19,400 MW capacity have been sanctioned in 20 states so far.

The Minister further stated that a solar capacity of 20,000 MW has been targeted under the existing solar park scheme, which includes use of waste land also. Total target for gird connected solar power plants is 60,000 MW by 2022.

The Indian Government is monitoring the scheme in close coordination with the States and other stakeholders so as to complete the projects in time for which various fiscal and promotional incentives e.g. capital subsidy, generation based incentive, accelerated depreciation, viability gap funding (VGF), concessional excise and custom duties etc. are provided to project developers.

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