One possible site will be examine outside of Jaisalmer, above. Photo: Jennifer via flickr.
It's been eighteen months since the Clinton Foundation began delving into facilitating solar power in India. At the time it was to scope out developing some 5 GW of power in the state of Gujarat. Now comes word that the Clinton Climate Initiative and the state of Rajasthan (just north of Gujarat) have signed a memorandum of understanding that will have CCI examining the feasibility of developing some 3,000-5,000 MW worth of solar power plants in the state:Locations Near Jodhpur, Jaisalmer Identified
Talking about what this means in more concrete terms, Clinton Climate Initiative chariman Ira Magaziner said that it will be "identifying and providing assistance to mobilize international resources including solar energy developers, technology suppliers, sources of credit and investors to participate in the development of the [solar power] parks."
Though no time frame for the deployment of this amount of solar power was announced--indeed the initial announcement regarding Gujarat is just starting to show signs of fruit--two areas outside Jodhpur and Jaisalmer have been identified as possible project locations.
National Solar Mission Aims for 20 Gigawatts by 2022
Last summer India unveiled details of its (now called) Jawarhalal Nehru National Solar Mission, which aims for 20 GW of solar power deployed in the nation by 2022. Just last week the first phase of 1.3 GW by 2013 was funded.
World's Largest Solar Energy Project (5GW!) Planned for Gujarat, India India's Solar Power Plans (5GW+) in Gujarat Begin to Take Shape
India Outlines First Phase of 22GW of National Solar Mission = 1.3 GW by 2013