Down to Earth - - SPECIAL REPORT -

The 4,000 MW ul­tra mega so­lar power project (UMSPP) planned at Samb­har lake of Ra­jasthan is the first of the four such projects con­ceived in 2013 by the Min­istry of New and Re­new­able En­ergy, Min­istry of Heavy In­dus­tries and Pub­lic En­ter­prises, and the Min­istry of Power. It would be set up and ex­e­cuted by six Cen­tral pub­lic sec­tor units (CPSUs). The other three projects would come up at Khar­goda in Gu­jarat and at Ladakh and Kargil in Jammu and Kash­mir.

Re­spon­si­bil­i­ties among CPSUs have been di­vided, as is the eq­uity share. Bharat Heavy Elec­tri­cals Ltd will sup­ply equip­ment; So­lar En­ergy Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia will sell elec­tric­ity; Ra­jasthan Elec­tron­ics and In­stru­ments Ltd will look into oper­a­tion and main­te­nance; Power Grid Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia will look into power evac­u­a­tion; Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam will be in charge of man­ag­ing the project, and Samb­har Salt Ltd which is a joint ven­ture com­pany be­tween the Cen­tre’s Hindustan Salts Limited and the Ra­jasthan govern­ment will pro­vide land. It will be set up in phases. The first phase aims at achiev­ing 1,000 MW by the end of 2016.

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