Aug 19, 2014 - The government of India’s Rajasthan state may terminate the development of a 4-GW solar project on fears that the proposed facility will pose a threat to migratory birds, the Business Standard said today.
The state has voiced its concerns in a letter to the Indian government that the selected location for the complex near Sambhar Lake is a prime site for migratory birds and is listed as an ecologically sensitive area, the newspaper added. Political issues might also be behind Rajasthan government’s motives, according to insiders.
The 4-GW photovolatic (PV) project, estimated at INR 75 billion (USD 1.2bn/EUR 924m), was proposed in September 2013 by a joint venture of engineering group Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BOM:500103), the Power Grid Corp of India Ltd (BOM:532898), the state-owned Solar Energy Corp of India, Hindustan Salts and Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments. The parties sealed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the project in January.
The complex is planned to be commissioned in seven to eight years. Once completed, it will be able to produce 6,400 million kWh of electricity.
At present, Rajasthan has 666 MW of solar farms. The state seeks to boost its PV capacity to 4,000 MW by end-2014.
(INR 100 = USD 1.646/EUR 1.232)
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