India’s Central Electricity Authority (CEA) is debating how and whether to introduce a mandate for solar and wind projects above a certain size to be coupled with energy storage.
A draft regulation, introducing such a notion was released more than a year ago, but Pankaj Batra, who oversees planning around integration of renewables into the grid at CEA, told PV Tech that the authority has still not decided whether to advise adding storage to individual projects, at pooling stations or not at all.
If such a policy were to be brought in, it is likely that it would apply to projects requiring 33kV or higher capacity transmission lines, which would relate to 5-10MW or higher capacity solar projects, said Batra. Rather than at individual renewable energy plants, the CEA is considering mandating storage to be added to pooling stations where the power from multiple wind or solar projects is collected before being fed to the grid. Read More…
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