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Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to add 5,000MW solar by 2019

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India state works on renewable energy policy that would see 5,000MW of solar power and 4,000MW of wind energy installed by 2019.

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An aerial view of India’s largest solar park in Gujarat, India

The south Indian state, which recently saw its boundaries redrawn, is drawing up a new renewable energy policy with an aim to attract investment and boost power generation capacity.

The state government is working on a comprehensive renewable energy policy that would see 5,000 MW of solar power and 4,000 MW of wind energy capacity installed by 2019. The policy is expected to be released in a month’s time. To kick off things, the government issued a tender for 500 MW solar power capacity last week.

Major government-owned companies are also planning to set up large-scale solar power projects. NTPC Limited and NVVN Limited have plans to install 1,000 MW of solar power projects in the state. The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) Limited has signed an agreement with the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh government to set up 1,000 MW solar power project in Mahbubnagar district. The district now falls in the newly separated state of Telangana.

Last year, the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh government had floated a tender to set up 1.16 GW of solar power capacity across the state. The response was overwhelming, with prospective project developers submitting bids for 1.35 GW capacity. There has been no official word on the future of these projects following the division of the state.

The state also has significant wind energy potential. According to the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (India), the state has an installable wind power potential of about 14,500 MW at 80 meter hub height. The state had an installed wind energy capacity of less 800 MW by March 2014.

Ever since the division of Andhra Pradesh, the two new states have been claiming acute shortage of power supply and have been demanding assistance from the central government. Both the states are trying to outdo the other with ambitious announcements to increase infrastructure and attract investment.

Before the separation, the state had Renewable Purchase Obligation of 5%. The new government is yet to clarify if it intends to continue with the same target, or set a more ambitious one.


Source: CleanTechnica. Reproduced with permission.

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1 Comment
  1. Pedro 6 years ago

    Looks like a so called third world nation is developing an advanced world energy policy. Abbott and Hunt should get on a plane to India to get a feel for how much coal we can sell into the Indian market.

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