The Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir has a vast potential to produce solar power as it receives the highest solar radiation per unit in India. Despite it Ladakh has not seen any development of large scale solar power projects. India to Set Up Solar Power Park in Ladakh. The government of India is planning to harness it and has decided to set up a large solar power project in the Ladakh.
India to Set Up Solar Power Park in Ladakh. The Minister for New & Renewable Energy and Power, RK Singh, said that the central government will issue a single tender to set up a 25 gigawatt solar power park in the Ladakh district. The project will deliver power to a transmission point in the neighboring state of Himachal Pradesh for further dispensation.
The proposed tender for Ladakh solar power park will also have a component of battery storage. At present, India has no large-scale solar power project equipped with battery storage that has been auctioned by any state or central government.
It is clear that the parameters of this tender would be very different from those of tenders for similar projects in other parts of the country. However, if and when commissioned, the project will be a major source of solar power for the entire northern region in India.
The remote and hilly terrain of the region makes it cumbersome for developers to deliver large-scale projects at tariffs competitive to projects located in other parts of the country, such as Rajasthan. This is the reason that while solar panels are widely used for smaller applications across Ladakh, large projects are yet to find any success.
The current largest solar power park planned and approved by the Indian government is the five gigawatt Dholera solar power park in Gujarat. Phase-wise tenders for this project are expected to be launched soon.