Solar Power Plant Jharkhand (Indicative photo)
Jharkhand can become a center of green energy (solar energy) in the coming few years. However, the central government has set a big target for the production of green energy for Jharkhand. Against the target of 2005 MW given to Jharkhand through Renewable Energy Obligation, a target of 1995 MW from solar power and 10 MW from other hydro power projects has been set. Whereas the Jharkhand government has made a plan to achieve 5000 MW of electricity generation through solar energy in its draft policy. The government is planning to achieve this target as soon as possible.
Steps being taken for solar energy in Jharkhand
Significantly, Jharkhand is at the bottom of the list of all the states and union territories of the country till the year 2017-18 in meeting the renewable energy obligation of 5400 million units. In 2018-19, efforts were made to promote solar water heaters on rooftops of government buildings and roof top grid-connected solar power plants in Jharkhand. But still the state is far behind the target. Because by 2025, the state has to make 25 percent of its energy consumption through green energy.
Availability of land for solar plant is a big challenge
According to Times and India, Project Head of Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency, Bijoy Kumar Sinha says that after adopting Solar Energy Policy 2021, Jharkhand will never look back. But the availability of land for setting up a solar plant in Jharkhand is a big challenge. Because at least four to five acres of land is required to produce one megawatt of electricity. He said that under the new energy policy 2021, land owners will be encouraged and as an alternative to farming, solar plates will be installed in the field.
The land owner and the electricity company will decide the compensation
The compensation to be paid in lieu of land acquisition will depend on several factors. In which the size of the land, the nature of the land and many other factors will be included. Therefore, only the power producers and the land owners will decide the compensation after negotiating among themselves. Under the government’s draft policy, solar parks will be built to meet the generation target of 4000 MW. Other options will be looked into.
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