Rajasthan now has six solar parks in Bikaner and Jodhpur, spread across 2,500 acres. Successfully set up by Rays Experts, Indian solar EPC and park developing company, at a cost of about 3,000 crore, these solar parks are a source of employment and business opportunities. Almost 2,000 people now have a source of livelihood, and an additional 600 will be hired in the coming months to help maintain the parks and expand their capacity.
With a combined power of 600 MW, these parks will provide over four lakh houses with renewable energy. In addition, there will be improved business productivity in the region, even while carbon emission will fall drastically. Power tariffs will drop and there will be more GST collection.
There are more than 15 solar plants in the pipeline in Rajasthan. These will come up over the next three years. An additional Rs 50 crore will be invested in this area in the next few years.
Elsewhere in the state, about three weeks ago, the Adani Group’s project to expand its solar power generation portfolio hit a roadblock. The Rajasthan High Court temporarily stayed its 1,500 MW project in the state, when local farmers brought up issues pertaining to land acquisition.
The land was apparently agricultural land, which reportedly designated as barren land through an executive order in May, 2017, allowing the state to hand it over to the Adani Group for developing the solar park.