New Delhi: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) plans to develop power transmission link for the 10 GW renewable energy (RE) park in Ladakh as part of Green Energy Corridor and will move a proposal for seeking Central grant, said Union Minister RK Singh at a review meeting. The transmission link will be developed by Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) and is planned to be completed within five years, said an official statement released by the Ministry of Power on Tuesday.
"5 GW of transmission link from Pang (Leh)-Kaithal (Haryana) along with 12 GWh of Battery Energy Storage will provide 76 percent utilisation of transmission capacity and would evacuate 13 GW of Renewable Energy Generation (9 GWp Solar + 4 GW Wind)," said the ministry. Out of 12 GWh battery energy storage, about 1- 2 GWh will be developed as part of transmission element to keep the line charged during the period of no generation, while the remaining battery energy storage would be developed as part of generation element. "POWERGRID would revise their DPR for setting up of 5 GW transmission link, including 2 GWh of battery energy storage and AC system strengthening in Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir to provide RE power within Ladakh and also to Jammu & Kashmir," the statement added.
The review meeting for the implementation of 10 GW Renewable Energy Project and its evacuation plan was attended by RK Mathur, LG, UT of Ladakh, Krishan Pal Gurjar, Minister of State for Power, Power Secretary Alok Kumar, MNRE Secretary Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi and representatives of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Power Grid, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and Border Roads Organisations (BRO).
Recalling the announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to set up 7.5 GW of Solar Park in Ladakh (subsequently enhanced to 10 GW), Singh sought support of the Lieutenant-General (LG) of Ladakh to sort out land issues for setting up of 10 GW of RE project in Ladakh at identified areas of Pang. Mathur, on his part, assured to extend the support of the UT of Ladakh for providing land for the RE project.
Around 20,000 acres of land at Pang would be provided immediately by UT of Ladakh for setting up of the RE park, while availability of other 20,000 acres of land at Pang would be explored based on inputs provided by SECI. MNRE will send a team to Ladakh within a week to thrash out issues with support from the UT administration. Ladakh will receive revenue per annum on account of leasing of the land allocated for setting up of the RE park. CPSEs within the Ministry of Power will undertake CSR activities for development in the region, said the statement.