India to Adopt Wind Solar Hybrid Policy to Strengthen Their Energy Security

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A wind farm in Kayathar, Tamil Nadu.

The Indian Government has formulated draft National Wind Solar Hybrid Policy with the objective to provide a framework for promotion of large grid connected wind solar PV system for optimal and efficient utilization of transmission infrastructure and land, reducing the variability in renewable power generation and thus achieving better grid stability. Further, the Policy aims to encourage new technologies, methods and way-outs involving combined operation of wind and solar PV plants.

With solar and wind being almost complementary to each other, a hybrid of two technologies would help in minimizing the variability apart from optimally utilizing the infrastructure including land and transmission system and thus strengthening the energy security of the country.

This information was given by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of the Indian Parliament).

India reported that during the last two years i.e. 2014-15 and 2015-16, a total capacity of 5735 MW and 4131 MW have been installed for wind and solar energy respectively.

The Minister also said that a capacity addition target of 4000 MW and 12000 MW has been proposed for generation of electricity by wind and solar respectively during 2016-17 and a total of 315 MW have been installed under Solar Roof top Scheme. Power generated from these projects is being used for both domestic and captive use.

Shri Piyush Goyal stated tenders for 20766 MW Solar Power projects have been issued. He also said that the wind power projects are mainly developed by private sector under various modes including PPA, REC, captive use, third party sale etc. No Union Government project is under construction in wind energy sector.

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