Suzlon Energy Plans Entry Into Storage-Backed Renewable Energy Projects

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Photo courtesy: SuzlonOne of India’s leading renewable energy project developers, Suzlon Energy, has announced plans to develop hybrid solar-wind energy projects as well as storage solutions for such projects.

Talking to an Indian media outlet, Suzlon Energy’s Chief Technology Officer Duncan Koerbel said that his company will soon become the first in India to set up projects where solar, wind, and storage capacities will be integrated.

Suzlon Energy will take first steps towards research and development in this regard next year, Koerbel said, but did not specify any timeline for implementation of these technologies.

India is looking to set up large-scale solar-wind hybrid parks in order to achieve the ambitious installed renewable energy target of 175 GW by March 2022. Earlier this year, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy issued a draft policy for setting up solar-wind hybrid projects.

According to the draft policy, the Government is aiming to set up 10 GW of such projects. One of the possible reasons for pushing hybrid solar-wind energy projects is to safeguard the power grid against rapid fluctuations when either one of the resources is unavailable. For example, wind turbines may continue to supply power to the grid during the night time.

Apart from the Central Government, states rich in both solar as well as wind energy resources are also looking to set up such power projects. Andhra Pradesh issued a draft policy document setting a target of 3 GW hybrid solar-wind energy capacity.   

The State Government has announced a number of incentives for the existing as well as new hybrid allocations. Hybrid projects shall be exempted from transmission and wheeling charges, open access cross-subsidy charges as well as electricity duty. The projects will be free to sell electricity to any consumer within the state through open access connectivity. The projects will also have a ‘must-run’ status, that is, there would be no curtailment of generation.

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