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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

Solar parks boom amid rising renewable energy demand in India

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Renewable energy is empowering many new projects in India and leading among solar energy producing states in the country are the Indian states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra.


According to latest data released in March this year by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Rajasthan stood first in renewable energy with the production of 17040.62 MW, followed by Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra.


With its renewable power production, Rajasthan improved its position from fourth to first, while Gujarat remained second with 16587.90 MW capacity followed by Tamil Nadu (16099 MW) and Maharashtra (10657.08 MW). Renewable energy sources are emerging as right solution for huge energy demand in India and the states are vying for positions - a good sign for the country’s energy generation and supply that witnessed huge demand during the peak summer in many states.


The trend of energy generation through renewable sources is picking up and by all means western state of Rajasthan has emerged as the first state to surpass 10 GW of installed large-scale solar power generation capacity.


Currently the largest producer of solar power among Indian states, 26 per cent of Rajasthan’s installed power capacity comes from solar (at the end of 2021, India had an installed capacity of 55 GW of solar power), according India World View report.


“Western Rajasthan is the epicentre of this solar revolution. Till recently, this area was known for the great sand dunes of the Thar desert spread far and wide in Barmer and Jaisalmer and the adjoining districts.


Today when you travel in this area, solar panels and windmills are some of the very first things that catch your attention.


There is almost nothing here except for sand dunes and occasional thorny bushes. Summer temperature climbs often up to 47-48 degrees Celsius. Human life here is difficult and there is shortage of almost everything but not sunshine,” the report said. Citing reasons for Rajasthan’s top position in solar energy production, Sanjay P Pati, who deals in solar energy equipment, said,


“The state has vast land to engage for the new energy. Western parts like Barmer, Ratkuriya, Pokhran, Fatehgarh and Bhaniyana have exposure to clearer and long hours of sunshine.” Luck would have been for the people of Barmer that first oil discovered there, and then it became a hub of solar energy.


Several new solar projects have been approved for Barmer, Jaisalmer and Jalore with big energy companies coming with new projects in the area.


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