Only one-fourth of sanctioned solar projects have taken off

<p>Due to Slow progress some solar plants were cancelled. other hurdles include difficulty in acquiring land, environmental issues and halt in economic activity owing to pandemic. The Union government has so far sanctioned solar projects with a capacity of nearly 39,000 MW but only a fourth have actually been commissioned so far, reveal figures presented by R.K. Singh, Minister for New and Renewable Energy, in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.</p><p>Under the 'Scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects', a total of 57 solar parks of aggregate capacity of 39,285 MW were sanctioned until November end. However, only solar power projects of 10,027 MW have been commissioned in these parks.</p><h4>Bird habitat affected</h4><p>The habitat of the GIB a critically endangered less than 200 in Rajasthan has been encroached upon by solar power projects, and by transmission lines. The Supreme Court, last April, directed power companies to lay underground cables in solar parks in Rajasthan though few companies complied with the order. The New and Renewable Energy Ministry told the Supreme Court in December 2021 that laying underground cables were impractical and would greatly raise the cost of solar power.</p><p>India had committed to installing 1,75,000 MW of renewable energy by 2022 of which 1,00,000 MW was to be solar power. As of October 2022, 61,000 MW of solar power was installed, according to numbers presented in Parliament.</p>