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 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 the states of 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. If the power generated from the park is exported to other states, the state government can demand a facilitation charge of Rs 0.05 per kWh of electricity exported.The developer of the park can bea state government agency, any central government agency, joint venture or special purpose vehicle, or a private entity. Further, the developer will be responsible for the preparation of a detailed project report, obtain land, and obtain relevant permissions from the state transmission utility or the central transmission utility. The developer will also be eligible for central financial assistance at the rate of Rs 2.5 million per park to the developer for DPR preparation and at the rate of Rs 2 million per MW or 30 per cent of the project development cost, whichever is lower. Various stakeholders will be able to submit their suggestions and comments until November 28, 2020.

Recently, in October 2020, The MNRE issued tariff-based competitive guidelines for procuring power for wind-solar hybrid projects in India. These guidelines are expected to help in the procurement of power from inter-state transmission system connected wind-solar hybrid plants. The projects will be selected through a competitive reverse auction process. They also aim to make the procurement process fairer and more transparent.

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