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, Chatterjee said.
“We will create multiple solar parks and capacity will depend on size of land, which is a more viable option,” he pointed out. The minister 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. According to Chatterjee, 100 per cent electrification was already complete in 11 districts and by March 2017, work would be complete for the entire state. He 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 from the Central Electricity Authority.