The demand for power in India is growing steadily. It is growing at a brisk pace or 6 per cent per year, according to Energy and Power Minister RK Singh. Matching these demands calls for an increase in the production capacities of existing establishment as well as for the establishment of new power generation facilities such as the Ladakh solar plant.
Ladakh has the highest potential of about 35,000 MW, for solar power generation in India. Singh said, the government will call for a single tender to develop a 25GW plant in the Ladakh region. Power generated from the facility will be delivered to Nagpur for further distribution.
Logistics including the remoteness of the region and the hilly terrain coupled with the lack of transmission infrastructure for power evacuation remain serious challenges towards establishing a project that could provide power at competitive tariffs.
If the project is commissioned, however, it would provide a major source of solar power for the entire northern region in India.