MNRE releases a proposal for the development of wind and wind-solar hybrid parks

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released a concept note on the development of wind parks and wind-solar hybrid parks. The ministry has identified potential sites with the help of the National Institute of Wind Energy. These sites are located in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. As per the proposal, areas with wind potential with a capacity utilisation factor of more than 30 per cent will be chosen. Further, if the site has solar potential, the developer may consider building a wind-solar hybrid plant, subject to consent from the respective state governments. The capacity of each park must also be at least 500 MW, while parks of lower capacities will be considered in case of land and resource constraints. The developer of the park can be a state government agency, any central government agency, a joint venture (JV), a special purpose vehicle (SPV), or a private entity.

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