Gujarat develops land policy for green hydrogen

Gujarat’s state revenue department has published its policy for allocating government waste to enterprises that want to manufacture green hydrogen, or hydrogen produced using renewable energy. The Gujarat government has already inked Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with five major corporations for the allocation of large tracts of government land for future green hydrogen projects. Such enterprises will be leased government wasteland for 40 years. The state will also provide them with the same incentives as other renewable energy projects such as wind, solar, and wind-solar hybrid.

According to the notification, the enterprises will have to pay Rs 15,000 per hectare in annual rent, with a 15 per cent rise every three years. Other requirements include completing leasing agreement procedures within six months of approval and reaching 50 per cent of their green hydrogen production capacity within five years of launching the plant and 100 per cent within eight years.

According to the government resolution, multilateral agreements shall be filed for establishing green hydrogen projects between the developer, the collectorate involved, and Gujarat Power Corporation Limited, the state’s nodal agency for implementing green hydrogen projects. The government has listed requirements for corporations seeking land for such projects. They should have produced at least a million metric tonnes of green hydrogen. They must have previous expertise producing at least 500 MW of renewable energy or using brown, grey, or blue hydrogen. All governmental incentives for other renewable energy projects will be extended to these firms.