Rajasthan becomes the second state in India to have an operational solar power capacity of over 500 MW. By June 30, 2013 the total solar capacity of Rajasthan reached 608.5 MW. In 2012, Gujarat achieved this milestone with its aggressive solar power policy.
Rajasthan laid the foundation for India’s National Solar Mission, allocating a number of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal power projects under their state policy. With the commissioning of the first CSP plant allotted under the JNNSM Phase 1, the total solar installed capacity in Rajasthan reached the landmark figure of 608.5 MW. Between April 2013 to June 2013, a total of 55.75 MW was commissioned in the state. The first solar thermal power plant in India was also commissioned in Rajasthan.
With 47 projects and 334 MW total installed capacity, Jodhpur continued to be the top district in Rajasthan, followed by Patan (275 MW) and Surendranagar (172.59 MW) districts of Gujarat . Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and Kutch district in Gujarat occupies the 4th and 5th position with 144 MW and 125 MW capacity additions respectively. For more details of the projects in Rajasthan, refer to the RRECL website here.
Total solar installed capacity in Rajasthan (in MW), as per June 30, 2013 is shown below.
Along with Gujarat, Rajasthan also has the claim to India’s largest operational solar PV project. While Gujarat has an operational capacity of just over 824 MW, Rajasthan has a capacity of about 513 MW. A 40 MW solar PV project owned by subsidiary of Reliance Power Limited is currently the largest solar power project in India along with a project owned by Adani Power Limited in Gujarat of same capacity.
A number of solar thermal parts, mostly in Rajasthan, are set to displace the PV projects owned by Reliance Power and Adani Power as the largest solar power project in the country. A minimum of two solar PV projects with more than 100 MW capacity are expected to be commissioned in India over the next couple of years. Another 400 MW capacity projects are set to be commissioned soon. These projects were allocated under the first phase of the National Solar Mission.
Rajasthan may also attract a bulk of the solar power capacity set to be allocated over the next three years by the central government under the 2nd phase of the National Solar Mission. Additionally, the state plans to set up 600 MW of solar power capacity under its own policy.