Gujarat has the second largest Wind Power Plant installed capacity in the country which is about 3010 MW .Annually generating about 5045 million units of electricity.for 1400 MU generated by 824 MW Solar Power Plants in Gujarat for next 12 years.
Gujarat is a renewable rich state and is witnessing frequent deviation in schedules due to variability in RE generation. In energy terms Gujarat’s hydel potential is limited and the thermal power plants are dependent on coal hauled from 1500 km away. Gujarat is one of the forerunning industrial states in the country. In environmental terms Gujarat has an inadequate forest cover, serious problems of soil erosion/degradation, water logging and expanding wastelands. It is plagued by water shortages and sinking water tables, salinity and salt ingression.
On the other hand, Gujarat is rich in renewable energy resources – 300 days of sunshine, Rann of Kachchh where the land is endless and the sun’s heat relentless, good winds along its 1600 km long shoreline, scope for energy plantation in its vast wastelands, waste to energy options that harness bio, agro and industrial–waste. In this scenario, it is certainly in our economic self-interest to employ renewable energy technologies.