New resources of energy are set to get boost. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has prepared a draft national wind-solar hybrid policy and has asked for stakeholder comments by June 30, according to an official notification said. The goal of the policy is to reach wind-solar hybrid capacity of 10 GW by 2022.
The policy aims to provide a framework for promotion of large grid connected wind-solar PV system for optimal and efficient utilisation of transmission infrastructure and land, reducing the variability in renewable power generation and thus achieving better grid stability.
According to the draft guidelines, existing wind power or solar power projects, willing to install solar PV plant or wind turbine generators, respectively, to avail benefit of hybrid project, may be allowed to do so if the hybrid power injected in to the grid is not more than the transmission capacity.
The policy also looks to encourage new technologies, methods and way-outs involving combined operation of wind and solar PV plants.
The draft guidelines elaborates that no additional transmission charges will be levied by the respective transmission entity for installing the solar PV or wind turbine generators of existing plans considering that same transmission capacity is being used.
For new wind-solar hybrid projects, the developer will have option to use the hybrid power for captive use or third party sale or may sell the hybrid power to distribution companies at a price determined by the respective SERC for that hybrid power project.