The Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) has announced plans to strengthen the transmission system in Rajasthan to support the development of solar energy zones in the state. The move is part of the government’s efforts to promote renewable energy and reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Rajasthan is one of the leading states in India for solar energy, with several large-scale solar parks and projects already in operation. The new transmission system will enhance the capacity and reliability of the state’s power grid and enable the seamless integration of renewable energy into the grid.
“PGCIL is committed to supporting the growth of renewable energy in the country, and the development of solar energy zones in Rajasthan is a significant step towards achieving this goal,” said K. Sreekant, Chairman and Managing Director of PGCIL. “The new transmission system will provide a reliable and efficient platform for the integration of renewable energy into the grid and ensure the availability of clean energy to consumers.”
The transmission system will comprise a 765 kV double circuit transmission line and two 400 kV substations, which will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 2,500 crores. The project is expected to be completed by December 2023.
The development of solar energy zones in Rajasthan is part of the government’s plan to achieve its target of 450 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030. The state has already commissioned several large-scale solar projects, including the Bhadla Solar Park, which has a capacity of 2,245 MW.
The new transmission system will provide a boost to the development of solar energy projects in Rajasthan and help India achieve its renewable energy targets. The government is also promoting the development of other renewable energy sources, including wind, hydro, and bioenergy, to diversify the country’s energy mix and reduce its carbon footprint.