Centre to Increase Ladakh Solar Park Capacity to 10 GW

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The Central Government is planning to raise the capacity of the proposed solar park in Ladakh to 10 GW from 7.5 GW announced earlier.

“We are planning to raise the capacity to 10GW because the transmission line comes in multiples of 5GW,” a senior official aware of the development told BusinessLine. “The area has a very high potential, but we are starting with 10GW.” The project will also have an adjoining wind generation capacity of 3.33GW, another official told BusinessLine.

The estimated cost is around Rs 40,000 crore, which will be funded through viability gap funding by diverting the funds allotted for the Green Energy Corridor project.

As per the reports, the project will have an adjoining wind generation capacity of 3.33 GW. The land for 10 GW has already been identified. The new transmission line needs to be taken to Ladakh from beyond Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The building of the transmission line should take around four to five years.

The Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) is making detailed project report (DPR) and they will determine the final deadline.

After the DPR which is expected to be completed by March 2021, the Centre would need to give final nod to the project cost.

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