ZT News Network

Srinagar, Dec 1:

After initial resource constraints, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has set the stage for installing 23 giga-watt (23,000 MW) grid-connected solar projects in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a notification released on Friday, MNRE said that the first phase of the ‘ultra mega’ solar project would comprise 2,500 MW capacity in the Kargil region and 5,000 MW in the Leh district.

A single tender shall be floated for selecting developers who would install the solar plants and set up power evacuation infrastructure. While the daily solar power generation potential in most part of the country is in the range of 3-5 units per square metre, the same in Leh-Ladakh can be 6-8 units, thanks to high ‘irradiance factor’.

Earlier this year,  J&K government signed an MoU with the Centre for the development of these solar parks in the rocky mountainous region of Ladakh with a total capacity of 7,500 MW.

Work on these projects could not yet been started  in view of non-availability of land and lack of proper infrastructure in Ladakh for transmission of power generated from the proposed parks, an official told Ziraat Times.

‘Now the impediments have been removed, and the projects are kick-starting’, the official added.