Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has issued National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is the nodal Ministry of the Government of India for all issues identifying with a new and renewable power source. The wide point of the Ministry is to create and send new and sustainable power source for enhancing the vitality necessities of the nation. Creation CASE and Ministry:
Commission for Additional Sources of Energy (CASE) in 1981.
Department of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (DNES) in 1982.
Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (MNES) in 1992.
Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (MNES) renamed as Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in 2006.
- The objective of the policy is to provide a framework for the promotion of large grid-connected wind-solar PV hybrid system for efficient utilization of transmission infrastructure and land. It also aims at reducing the variability in renewable power generation and achieving better grid stability.
- On the technology front, the Policy provides for the integration of both the energy sources i.e. wind and solar at AC as well as DC level.
- The Policy also provides for flexibility in the share of wind and solar components in the hybrid project, subject to the condition that, rated power capacity of one resource be at least 25 percent of the rated power capacity of other resources for it to be recognized hybrid project.
- The Policy seeks to promote new hybrid projects as well as hybridization of existing wind/solar projects.
- The existing wind/solar projects can be hybridized with higher transmission capacity than the sanctioned one, subject to availability of margin in the existing transmission capacity.
- The Policy provides for the procurement of power from a hybrid project on the tariff-based transparent bidding process for which Government entities may invite bids. The policy also permits the use of battery storage in the hybrid project for optimizing the output and further reduce the variability.
- It mandates the regulatory authorities to formulate necessary standards and regulations for wind-solar hybrid systems.
- With significant capacity additions in renewables in recent years and with Hybrid Policy aiming at better utilization of resources, it is envisaged that the Hybrid Policy will open-up a new area for availability of renewable power at competitive prices along with reduced variability. A scheme for new hybrid projects under the policy is also expected shortly.
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