Uttar Pradesh (UP) is going to have its solar power policy very soon with guidelines for setting up of solar power plants by private parties. The chief secretary of the state has asked all district heads to identify lands for setting up of solar power plants within their jurisdiction.
The UP New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) will facilitate the setting up of solar power plants in the identified areas. The state has proposed to achieve 1,000 MW production of solar power by 2017. Around five acres of land is required per megawatt of solar power and the state government may use the barren tracts of land in the villages.
According to UPNEDA officials, private players will be encouraged to set up solar power plants under the plans of the SP government to promote solar power and a solar power policy for 2012-17 will be soon implemented for the first time.
Under the new policy, Bundelkhand region will be promoted for setting up solar power plants. The state government is also ready to give several incentives to private players. The proposed solar power policy states that generation of solar power will be treated as industry and as such all relevant incentives under industrial policy of Uttar Pradesh will be available to solar power plants.