MNRE Issues National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy (Important) (Download PDF)

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Union Ministry of New & Renewable Energy on 14th May 2018 issued National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy in New Delhi. Scheme for new hybrid projects under policy is expected shortly. It aims to reduce variability in renewable power generation & achieve better grid stability.

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Image of Wind And Solar Hybrid Power Systems

Image of Wind And Solar Hybrid Power Systems

Objective

  • Main objective of policy is to provide framework for promotion of large grid connected wind-solar PV hybrid system for efficient utilisation of transmission infrastructure & land.

Key Features of Policy

  • Technology front: Policy provides for integration of both wind & solar energy sources at alternating current (AC) & direct current (DC) level.

  • Flexibility in share of wind & solar: Policy provides for flexibility in share of wind & solar components in hybrid project, subject to condition that, rated power capacity of one resource be at least 25 % of rated power capacity of other resource for it to be recognised hybrid project.

  • Hybrid projects: Policy seeks to promote new hybrid projects along w/hybridisation of existing wind & solar projects. Existing wind & solar projects can be hybridised w/higher transmission capacity than sanctioned one, subject to availability of margin in existing transmission capacity.

  • Procurement of power: Policy provides for procurement of power from hybrid project on tariff-based transparent bidding process for which Govt. entities may invite bids.

  • Use of battery storage: It permits use of battery storage in hybrid project for optimising output & further reduce variability.

  • Standard & regulations: It requires regulatory authorities to formulate necessary standards & regulations for wind-solar hybrid systems.

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Image of Renewable Energy Policy Initiatives In India

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Significance of National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy

  • Hybrid policy aims at facilitating better utilization of resources- to open-up new area for availability of renewable power at competitive prices along w/reduced variability.
  • Union govt. has set ambitious target of achieving 175 Gigawatt (GW) of installed capacity from renewable energy sources by 2022, which includes 100 GW of solar & 60 GW of wind power capacity- policy is the right step in that direction.
  • Total renewable power installed capacity in country stood at abt 70 GW in F. Y. 2017 - 18.

Indians First Hybrid Plant in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh

  • There are significant capacity additions in renewables in recent years & hybrid energy will further help in better utilisation of resources.
  • Earlier in Dec 2017, The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy in India chose district of Anantapur in the state of Andhra Pradesh for world’s largest solar-wind hybrid project.
  • The mega project will have a capacity of 160 megawatts and would be built over a land area of 1000 acres. The project is expected to entail an investment of approximately INR 1000 crores ( $155 million). The World Bank has agreed to provide funding for the project.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 9, 2018

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