India : Andhra Pradesh Approves Proposal for a 10 GW Mega Solar Project for Agricultural Sector

The Andhra Pradesh cabinet has approved the proposal to develop a 10 GW mega solar power project for the benefit of the farmers in the state. The project will supply nine hours of continuous power to the farmers during the daytime, besides establishing an Integrated Renewable Energy Project (IREP).

According to the Press Trust of India (PTI), the Information and Public Relations Minister Perni Venkataramaiah said that as a part of the IREP, 550 MW of wind power, 1,200 MW of hydropower and 1,000 MW of solar energy would be generated. IREP refers to the concept of integrating more than one renewable energy source in developing projects.

Also, the state government would be earning revenue of ₹320 million (~$4.2 million) through the green energy development charge.

In February 2020, Andhra Pradesh government had announced that it was planning to develop 10 GW of solar power projects as a permanent solution to supply free power to the farmers in the state. It was also reported that the government currently incurs more than ₹100 billion (~$1.39 billion) to meet the agriculture subsidy, lift irrigation power charges, and aquaculture subsidy every year. To meet the subsidies sustainably, the government felt that there is a need for evolving an alternative mechanism to provide quality power and a nine-hour daytime free power supply to farmers.

Source : https://mercomindia.com/andhra-pradesh-mega-solar-agricultural/

Smart Grid Bulletin May 2020


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