Wind farms in Gujarat and elsewhere have been the target of intense lobbying by real estate developers and the real estate industry, as their potential to generate income has been touted as a potential way of cutting carbon emissions.
Now, in a bid to help the industry, the state government has set up a special department that will review the feasibility of setting up wind farms.
The wind farm in Sarasota, Gujarat, which has already received approval from the state authorities, is one of three wind farms that the state has announced in the past six months to meet the renewable energy targets that are being implemented by the Centre.
The other two wind farms, one in Gondia and one in the nearby village of Gopinath in the eastern state of Maharashtra, are set to be built by the end of this year.
Both of the wind farms are expected to produce about 40 megawatts of power, and the Gujarat government expects that by the year 2021, they will produce around 300 MW of power each.
The two wind projects in Sarisota are one of the first in India to be granted approval by the state governments.
This is because it was the first time that a wind farm had been granted by the Indian government.
The Sarasotans are expected, in addition to the Sarasoteres, to have several other wind farms built in the coming years.
Sarasota is the latest in a string of wind farms being proposed in Gujarat, the fourth-largest state in the country, with the government saying that it has also received approval for a wind project in Chitrakoot, near Gondya.
In 2016, the Sarosota project received the go-ahead from the central government.
In November, the government also announced the construction of a second wind farm, this time in the neighbouring village of Panna, which is expected to generate about 50 MW of electricity by 2021.
The project has already been approved by the central authorities.
According to a recent report in The Hindu newspaper, Sarasatans wind farm is expected, at the end, to produce between 100 and 200 MW of capacity per year.
But it is not clear how many of these wind farms will be in existence by the time the government sets up a department to review the wind farm projects.
Sasra Kothari, director general of the Saravana Wind Power Development Corporation, which manages the projects, said the department would be set up within a week.
Kotharia said the state’s wind farm authorities had also been given the task of assessing whether wind energy projects in the state are feasible, according to reports in the Hindustan Times.
“We are in discussions with the central and state governments to finalise the project,” Kotharian said.
“The department is expected in two to three weeks.”
However, Kotharis own wind farm company, Kuttikant Wind Energy, which had been planning to build the wind energy project in Sarhasota, did not immediately respond to Al Jazeera’s requests for comment.
According in a press release on the company’s website, Kutchis wind farm would have an initial capacity of 300 MW and an initial cost of Rs 20,000 per MW.
It would also have an annual output of up to 3.6 gigawatts.
The Sarasoto project, which Kothar said is the “first of its kind” in the region, has attracted attention because of the “highly-skilled people who are in the field of construction and who are well-known in the industry”.
In a statement, the developers said the project will help create “a wealth of knowledge and skills” in wind energy technology and that the construction process will be “comprehensive, efficient and safe”.