On Thursday, the government of Karnataka has launched the 2,000 megawatts solar park. The first phase of it launched in Tumkur district – 180-km from Bengaluru. The first phase named as – Shakthi Sthala has cost Rs.16,500 crore will generate almost 600 MW while the balance 1400 MW will be completed by the year-end.
The solar project, so far, touted as the largest in the world. The project has expanded over 13,000 acres and five villages. As part of Karnataka Solar Policy 2014-2021, the project launched with an ambition to decrease the pressure on the traditional use of power and is shifted to environmentally friendly.
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Also, it comes under “Nava Karnataka Nirmana” (building a new Karnataka) campaign – the government of Congress leader Siddaramaiah. The party uses this project intensely and in coming up elections, it would highlight the project as an economic development and efforts to create jobs.
The scheme of center tied up with this park to generate solar power of 100 gigawatts by 2020. Moreover, the government has taken the park on a 25-year lease from 2300 farmers. In return, the government has paid Rs.21,000 per acre and has a scope of increasing 5% for every two years.
The move has an intention to migrate the people from the region. The region, in fact, remained in the drought zone for 54 years of 60 years. “Development and economic growth of a nation occur when its people become partners in the development process,” Siddaramaiah said in a statement on Thursday.
The state now has built the energy producer and is the third-largest. Indeed, the development of the park was initiated after creating Karnataka Solar Power Development Corp. Ltd (KSPDCL) in March 2015. The joint venture started between Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) and Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd (KREDL).
NTPC Ltd introduced the project a month ago and said the cost may exceed to meet the power requirements. KSPDCL uses the model of “plug and play” and the land divided into blocks for solar generation. Karnataka faces power shortage and increased its capacity from 14,030MW in 2012-13 to 23,379MW in January this year.