As per the thumb rule for the land requirement for the solar plants, Tangedco would require at least 80,000 acres of land for 20,000 MW solar plant capacity.
- After setting an ambitious target of adding 20,000 MW solar power capacity along with a 10,000 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) by 2030, Tangedco is in search of identifying land parcels including vacant lands in the substations for setting up the ground-mounted solar panels across the state.
- As per the thumb rule for the land requirement for the solar plants, Tangedco would require at least 80,000 acres of land for 20,000 MW solar plant capacity.
- “We are also identifying the excess lands in the possession of the utility after setting up of the substation where no future expansion was planned,” Tangedco sources said.
- Sources said letters were sent to the district Collectors seeking to identify land to an extent of 20 to 200 acres for setting up of solar plant capacity ranging from 5 MW to 20 MW. In phase 1, Tangedco plans to set up a 4000 MW solar plant and 2000 MW BESS.
- A few districts have identified some lands, sources said, adding the officials would soon visit those sites to ascertain their feasibility.
- “With the advancement in solar panel technologies, the land requirement for establishing a megawatt capacity solar plant has come down from five acres to 3.5-3.75 acres, sources said.
- “We are looking to identify as much government land, preferably, waste or barren land,” the official said.
- Meanwhile, Tangedco has invited a bid to appoint a consultant to prepare detailed project reports for the solar parks and BESS.