Highlights

Government of India’s New and Renewable Energy Ministry has proposed a new scheme to develop Wind-Solar Hybrid Parks in the country. The scheme aims to address the key issues faced by renewable energy projects.

The new Scheme

Wind-Solar Hybrid park will be a concentrated zone of power projects. It will provide an area with the required infrastructure. This will include evacuation facilities as well. The evacuation areas are important to minimise the risks of the projects. The sites to develop the wind-solar hybrid parks are to be selected by National Institute of wind Energy (NIWE).

Wind-Solar Hybrid Parks

The capacity of each Wind-Solar Hybrid Parks is expected to be 500 megawatt and more. However, there are no restrictions to develop lower capacity park. In case of lower capacity parks, the capacity of the park should not be less than 50 megawatt.

Backdrop

Wind and Solar Energy are emerging as alternative sources of energy to conventional energy sources. The estimated wind power potential of India is 695 GigaWatt and that of solar power is 749 GigaWatt. Wind power is mainly concentrated in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Benefits

The Wind-Solar Hybrid Parks will help to fasten the development of wind power. The new scheme will help to minimise uncertainties faced by the developer such as clearances, land, transmission, etc. The development of wind power is scarce as it requires scattered land and thus the transmission cost is high. The new scheme will help the DISCOMs (Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana) to fulfil their non-solar Renewable Purchase Obligation.

What are Renewable Purchase Obligation?

Renewable Purchase Obligation is a mechanism under which the Open Access consumers (OAC), DISCOMs and Captive power producers are obliged to purchase certain quantity of power from renewable sources. They are categoried as solar Renewable Purchase Obligation and Non-solar Renewable Purchase Obligation. Wind-Solar Hybrid Park Scheme Wind-Solar Hybrid Park Scheme