Gujarat to stop preferential treatment in awarding Wind Projects

<p>Developers being helped with land acquisitions for only projects bid out by the state’s own discom, <strong>GUVNL</strong>(Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited) had put many wind producers into a bad spot. Now, with a new order, the State plans to help centrally auctioned projects too.</p><p>The new order states “companies who have wind bids invited either by <strong>GUVNL</strong> or <strong>SECI</strong>(Solar Energy Corporation of India) or other agencies of Government of India, supported by a letter to that effect from <strong>GEDA</strong>(Gujarat Energy Development Agency), should be allotted land.”</p><p>Some authorities state that preference should be given to the projects auctioned by State since the power generated is to be consumed by the state. This had left many <strong>SECI</strong> projects out of the 7,000 MW auctioned by SECI last year.</p><p>SECI is the nodal agency under the ministry of new and renewable energy for conducting wind and solar auctions.</p><p>The inclusion of SECI in the committee was necessary as for the last few months Gujarat had been reluctant on leasing land to projects auctioned by SECI while at the same time leasing it to projects sanctioned by GUVNL.</p><p>Recently there have been amends of land policy for renewable energy projects stating that projects are to be commissioned in predefined locations within wind-solar hybrid parks, but industries are still unclear about the land allocation sites.</p><p> </p><p>As compiled from: </p><p>                            <a href="">Economic Times</a></p>