The West Bengal government has decided to create multiple small solar parks. “We are planning for solar park totalling 500 MW, but doing it at a single site is not possible as we are unable to get large contiguous land,” State Power Minister Shobhondeb Chatterjee said on the sidelines of an interactive session with the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce. About five acres of land was required for 1 MW of Solar power, the minister said.
“We will create multiple solar parks and capacity will depend on size of land, which is a more viable option,” Chatterjee pointed out. He said the state government would continue to focus on renewable energy and would attend the Union Power Ministry-convened conference on renewables. “I have received a letter from the Union Power Minister for a conference on renewables,” he said.
The minister said 100 per cent electrification was already complete in 11 districts and by March 2017, work would be complete for the entire state. Chatterjee was confident that the 1,000 MW Turga hydel power project would takeoff shortly once environmental clearances were in place. The project has already got the nod form the Central Electricity Authority.