Telangana, the new hotspot for solar power; to add 3,000 MW by next year

By: V Rishi Kumar

Telangana is set become one of the hot spots for solar energy development in the country, given the rapid strides it has made since the State’s formation two years ago. It has seen the installation of over 520 MW in the past 12 months and has handed over development of 3,800 MW through major tenders. This is part of the State’s target of solar photovoltaic power generation of 5,000 MW 2018-19.

G Raghuma Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director of Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana Limited, during a recent interaction with BusinessLine,said, “The State plans to use all of the power generated by solar to meet the requirements of the agriculture, which has been assured nine hours of power in two trances.”

CM pushes projects
Identifying the problems of the power sector and the demand-supply mismatch, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has been pushing for fast-track implementation of the power projects to ensure 24×7 supply to all segments of power consumers, including agriculture and industries.

According to Reddy, the State has made arrangements for supply up to 7,000 MW through purchases.

While the installed capacity is about 5,200 MW, up due to recent addition of two units and solar projects, the demand continues to be steady from the industrial segment, which is being supplied 24×7 power. As of May 22, the State has supplied 5,672 MW. The recent rains have brought down the demand. While there has been lower demand from agriculture, the power available is being supplied to industrial and other segments without load shedding.

Recent development
In the past few months, the State has closed tenders worth over 3,800 MW of the proposed 5,000 MW solar power addition by 2018-19. ACME Solar, Sky power, Adani Green, Suzlon, Mytrah, Gestamp, Shapoorji Pallonji are among solar power developers engaged in building projects.

To streamline land acquisition process for projects, the State government has come out with policies that facilitate faster implementation of projects.

The developer is expected to pay a development charge of ₹25,000 per acre to the panchayat, which will accord swift permissions. There is provision for VAT and stamp duty refund.

Source: The Hindu

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