NGC plans for Solar Energy of ‘Thar’ to Illuminate Gujarat & Punjab bhadla solar power plant
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Solar Energy of ‘Thar’ to Illuminate Gujarat & Punjab

National Grid Corporation (NGC) has geared up to use the Solar energy of the desert (Thar) areas of Jodhpur and Bikaner divisions efficiently. Jodhpur and Bikaner division produces the highest solar energy in State. NGC has planned to accelerate the production of Solar energy and its proper utilization to illuminate many villages of Punjab and Gujarat.

National Grid Corporation has accelerated the work of laying the main line of 8000 KV for green energy corridor i.e. electronics corridor for solar energy production. It has also set a target to complete this work by August 2018.


Rajasthan is blessed by nature with maximum solar insolation in the country with an estimated potential of 142GW solar capacity and abundant barren land suitable for installation of solar power plants. The government of Rajasthan has also supplemented this with investment friendly policy framework for the speedy development of solar Energy sector in Rajasthan.

At present, the solar energy production of Jodhpur and Bikaner is not fully utilised at the local level. Now it is preparing to connect Moga of Punjab and Banaskantha of Gujarat for usage of solar power.

According to the NGC plan, these corridors will link Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Nagaur, etc, districts to Moga of Punjab and Banaskantha of Gujarat.

Four substations have already been prepared for this. When it will be ready, the solar energy that will be created in Jodhpur and Bikaner, will start illuminating entire northern India. At present, GSS of Jodhpur and Bikaner are producing the highest solar energy but 3 percent of it goes in power theft. After a corridor, the problem of power losses and theft will not happen and people will get the full power here.

In the case of energy, 740 kV Bhakra power is the largest power line in the Rajasthan state whereas this is going to be 8 thousand kV line.

“The project aims to be completed by August 2018. After this, investors in the Green Energy Corridor are expected to plant power plants from the state”, Alok Dubey, Deputy General Manager, National Power Grid Corporation said in a statement.

The main line will be started from Banaskantha of Gujarat, which will reach Chittorgarh, Ajmer, Nagaur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Hanumangarh in Rajasthan and Moga of Punjab.

Five GSS at Banaskantha, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Bikaner, and Moga are being made for this. GSS of Bhadla Solar Plant in Phalodi area of Jodhpur district and GSS will be set up at the place of mines in Jamsar of Bikaner. Once the Bhadla Solar Park in Rajasthan is fully operational, it can generate power that could meet the state’s total power demand. Bhadla village is on the fringes of the Thar Desert about 200 km from Rajasthan’s famed Jodhpur city.

Highlights of NGC Master Plan for Thar Solar Energy

  • According to the NGC plan, these corridors will link Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Nagaur, etc, districts to Moga of Punjab and Banaskantha of Gujarat.
  • Four substations have already been prepared for this. When it will be ready, the solar energy that will be created in Jodhpur and Bikaner, will start illuminating many parts in Northern India.
  • The main line will be started from Banaskantha of Gujarat, which will reach Chittorgarh, Ajmer, Nagaur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Hanumangarh in Rajasthan and Moga of Punjab. Five GSS at Banaskantha, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Bikaner, and Moga are being made for this.

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