India pulls back proposal for 500-MW solar farm in Tamil Nadu

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has cancelled plans for a 500-MW solar project in the state of Tamil Nadu, the Times of India reported on Thursday. The reason for the decision, which was reached at a recent meeting, was the lack of progress in the project implementation, sources told the paper.

The project was first announced in 2017 and it was to be developed in Kadaladi, where there were previously plans for a thermal power plant that fell through. But according to officials, after three years even land acquisition was not complete.

An official from Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) told the newspaper that the decision was unexpected. Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) had expressed a desire to invest and develop the solar park on land supplied by Tangedco and the utility would have received all the power produced by the facility, according to that official.

Tangedco will now attempt to change MNRE’s mind about the project, the report says.

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