Indian Government plans Zones to Increase Solar Energy Capacity

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The Government is working on a policy to promote solar zones where private investors can set up solar energy projects, and will soon tweak the tariff policy to increase the limit of solar power purchased by states, a top official said.

Solar zones would be built in areas identified by the Government but, unlike solar parks, the responsibility or acquiring land for solar zones would be on the private sector developer, said Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

The government on its part would provide transmission links, information of land availability and faster clearances to projects coming up in solar zones.

“The solar zones will help us identify much larger areas for setting up projects and will have potential of setting up big capacities,” Kapoor told ET on the sidelines of Intersolar India, an exhibition and conference for the solar industry, in Mumbai on Wednesday. The solar zone plan is likely to be announced within a month and a half, he said.

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