India’s western state of Rajasthan which is home to India’s only desert and with one of the least population densities has come out with a new wind energy policy. Note Rajasthan has won the lion’s share of solar power plants in the federal subsidy due to the high solar radiation and cheap land prices. The state also boasts of around 10% of India’s wind energy capacity with most of the wind power plants located in the western desert districts of Jaisalmer and Barmer.
The State Government has come out with a new wind Subsidy policy to further boost the renewable energy generation. The policy has incentives like:
a) Cheap Land to be given to Wind Farms
b) Recognition of Wind Energy Generation as an Industry which would result in concessions for developers
c) Electricity Duty Waiver
d) Feed in Tariffs
While Rajasthan has announced big bang policies for the different green energy sectors, the implementation has not been up to the mark. While Gujarat has managed to execute spectacularly on its renewable energy policies, Rajasthan like other states has mostly been talking without action. Rajasthan solar energy policy has not seen much traction despite highly favorable conditions.
The Indian Desert State of Rajasthan in the West, which borders Pakistan is planning to set up four gigawatt scale solar parks in 4 districts of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Barmer. Note, under the first 2 phase of JNNSM , Rajasthan has got the lion’s share of the solar farms being constructed. The State of Solar Energy in India has been marked by stiff competition between some states like Gujarat, Rajasthan to take the top solar dog spot.
The Rajasthan Government has adopted a new wind power policy to facilitate installation of wind energy plants of 3,000 MW capacity during the next three to four years and promote private investments in the sector through a slew of incentives and concessions.
State Energy Minister Jitendra Singh said here on Thursday that the Government-owned power discoms would purchase electricity from the plants at the rates decided by the Power Tariff Regulatory Commission while the investors would be free to sell electricity to any other institution.
Wind power projects of 2,075 MW capacity have been established so far under the non-conventional energy policy of 2004 in the western Rajasthan districts. Mr. Singh pointed out that separate policies on biomass and solar energy were adopted earlier.