With an aim to boost renewable power generation, the government today announced a national wind-solar hybrid policy, which seeks to promote new projects as well as hybridisation of the existing ones.
The government has set an ambitious target of achieving 175 gigawatt (gw) of installed capacity from renewable energy sources by 2022, which includes 100 gw of solar and 60 gw of wind power capacity.
The total renewable power installed capacity in the country stood at about 70 gw last financial year.
The policy provides for a comprehensive framework to promote large grid-connected wind-solar photovoltaic (PV) hybrid system for optional and efficient utilisation of transmission infrastructure and land, thereby reducing the variability in renewable power generation and achieving better grid stability, the ministry of new and renewable energy said in a release.
Besides, the policy also aims to encourage new technologies, methods and way-outs involving combined operation of wind and solar PV plants, it added.
"Solar and wind power being variable in nature pose certain challenges on grid security and stability and therefore suitable policy interventions are required not only for new wind-solar hybrid plants, but also for encouraging hybridisation of existing plants," the ministry said.
The policy provides for procurement of power from a hybrid project on tariff-based transparent bidding process for which government entities may invite bids.
It also permits use of battery storage in hybrid projects for optimising output and further reduce variability.
The policy also mandates the regulatory authorities to formulate necessary standards and regulations for wind-solar hybrid systems, the release said.
Under the policy which is first, the government will extend all fiscal and financial incentives available to wind and solar power projects to hybrid projects. It will also support technology development projects in the field.
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