Last summer, Ritesh Pothan blogged about India’s Central Government Policy as well as certain key state policies for solar power in Part 2 of his Indian Solar Saga series. In this latest piece, he updates us on the state of play of these policies across India.
Gujarat has been the leader in renewable energy for the past year for India and has now slowed down considerably after establishing itself. The solar programme has brought in its limelight, unprecedented prosperity to the locals of Gujarat, land values have appreciated almost ten times, local employment around solar farms has increased and standard of living has further increased.
The solar park at Charanka has amply demonstrated the possibility of Solar Power projects with the infrastructure being setup in record time for a government based project. Charanka was barren and now commands rates of almost twenty times the original land procurement price of a few years ago.
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