Renewable Energy Evacuation

Powergrid’s network expansion plan for the western region

Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (Powergrid) has released a detailed proposal for establishing a transmission system for the evacuation of power from potential solar and wind energy zones in the country’s western region. The utility aims to develop the transmission infrastructure in two phases. A total of 20 GW of solar and 9 GW of wind power projects have been planned under Phase I (up to December 2020), and 30 GW of solar and 7.5 GW of wind are planned for Phase II (December 2021).

According to the blueprint, the annual transmission charges will be about Rs 9.59 billion, while the transmission revenue is estimated at Rs 56.4 billion. The transmission system will enable the transfer of about 10,500 MW of power from various renewable energy projects in the potential wind and solar energy zones of Gujarat and Maharashtra. This would translate into annual energy generation of about 21,681 MUs per year, assuming a capacity utilisation factor of 25 per cent and 20 per cent for wind and solar projects, respectively. The last date to submit stakeholder feedback on this programme is June 7, 2019. The following are the details of the evacuation capacity planned for the western region…

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