Economy

Pvt developers get nod for wind power projects

V. Rishi Kumar Hyderabad | Updated on July 20, 2011 Published on July 20, 2011




The New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP), formerly NEDCAP, has announced it has approved proposals from private developers in all to set up wind power projects of total installed capacity of 1,800 MW.

Once these projects approved today get commissioned, the installed capacity of generation from wind mills will reach 3,800 MW. Of the 2,000 MW sanctioned earlier, about 178 MW of wind mills are operational in the State and others have been going slow due to low tariff concerns. The corporation had approved proposals from developers of wind, biomass and cogeneration, solar and other modes with a total capacity of 3,233 MW. Thus far, about 934 MW has been operational.

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The establishment of non-conventional energy projects has been tardy as the tariffs offered by the AP Transco and other distribution companies were unattractive for private developers.

At a meeting with the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, issues relating to non-conventional energy projects, and some their concerns were highlighted by Mr Suthirtha Bhattacharya, State Principal Secretary, Energy. The issue of hiking tariff for wind power projects was highlighted to encourage ore players.

The Union Ministry for Renewable Energy has brought the issue of slow progress in the State with regard to tapping non-conventional energy resources.

He felt that the State could garner major share of the Rs 5,000-crore earmarked for the non-conventional energy under the 13{+t}{+h} Finance Commission.

Published on July 20, 2011
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