Generation of Solar And Wind Energy





Generation of Solar And Wind Energy

The Government is preparing a scale up plan for development of solar in the next five years. The plan is still under development stage. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.


Shri Goyal further stated that wind potential is available in the country to generate 8000 to 10000 MW per year from wind. However, it will depend upon the market conditions and state policies including creation of power evacuation and transmission infrastructure.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has recently announced more attractive schemes to support Small Hydro Projects (SHP) up to 25 MW, for faster pace implementation of SHP porgrammes, Shri Goyal added.

Shri Goyal stated that the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is providing various fiscal and financial incentives for generation of power from various renewable energy sources including solar and wind energy. The incentives include capital/interest subsidy, generation based incentives, accelerated depreciation, concessional excise and customs duties to encourage use of alternative sources of energy in urban/rural areas. The other steps to promote renewable energy include: setting up of demonstration projects, preferential tariff for purchase of power generated from renewable sources, resource assessment, development of power evacuation and testing facilities, introduction of Renewable Energy Certificates and Renewable Purchase Obligation, etc. Wide publicity and awareness raising on the benefits of renewable energy systems have also been taken up in Hindi, English and regional languages.
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Progress on Solar Radiation Resource Assessment

Solar Radiation Resource Assessment (SRRA) Project is being executed in two phases by National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), Chennai. Installation and commissioning of all 111 Solar Radiation Resource Assessment stations sanctioned under both Phase-I & II along with four Advanced Monitoring Stations (AMS) has been completed and now radiation data is available. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Shri Goyal further stated that NIWE, on behalf of government of India, is working in collaboration with GIZ, Germany to prepare Solar Map of India for which procurement of commercially available satellite based solar data has been finalized. The solar atlas will be validated with ground measurement from SRRA stations and available for public in about six months time from now. State wise solar potential is already available as estimated by National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE).
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Tariff for Solar Power Producers

The Solar Energy Corporation of India has entered into a contract for 25 years with the private solar power producers at a fixed levelised tariff of Rs.5.45 per unit. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Shri Goyal further stated that the Government has arrived at a fixed levelised tariff of Rs. 5.45 per unit based on the willingness of distribution companies to buy solar power price of conventional power. CERC determined tariff has been taken as the upper limit and Viability Gap Fund is being given after open competitive bidding.

The normal life of solar PV modules is 25 years. Therefore PPA period has been kept as 25 years, Shri Goyal added.
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Power from Small Hydro Project

The Government is encouraging tapping of Small Hydro Power (SHP) potential in the country through setting up of SHP projects. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Shri Goyal further stated that so far, 1016 small hydro projects aggregating to 3970 MW capacity have been set up and 236 projects of 768 MW are under implementation. The Government is giving Central Financial Assistance to the State Governments and private sector to set up small hydro projects.
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