India: MNRE’s Blueprint for Developing Wind and Wind-Solar Hybrid Parks

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a detailed proposal for developing wind parks and wind-solar hybrid parks. The stakeholders can submit their suggestions and comments by November 28, 2020.

According to the ministry’s proposal, the probable sites for wind and wind-solar hybrid projects have been identified with the help of the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE). The locations have been identified in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana.

If the site is suitable for solar projects, the park developer may consider developing a wind-solar hybrid park. The identified areas would be made available to the state governments for their consent on the park’s development.

As per the ministry document, wind potential areas with more than 30% capacity utilization factor (CUF) will be considered. Each park’s capacity should be 500 MW or more; however, parks of lower capacity may also be developed depending on land and resource availability.

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