Andhra Pradesh is set to complete phase one of the Rs 2000-crore Green Energy Corridor, by March 2016, aimed at strengthening the evacuation network for renewable energy projects.

To facilitate wind power transmission of 3150 MW, a Green Energy Corridor is being developed. In the phase one, a Corridor to support 2000 MW is being set up with an outlay of Rs 2,085.4 crore. The project is funded by Rural Electrification Corporation.

Providing a big thrust on renewable energy projects, the State has taken up three major solar parks with a total capacity of 3,500 MW and 2,000 MW of wind energy power generation. While the present installed capacity of solar projects is 150 MW, the State expects to take this up to 5000 MW within four years.

The evacuation facility on existing and proposed network has already been approved for 3000 MW. During the XII Plan, the State expects to take the solar capacity to 5258 MW.

After unveiling the National Flag on the Republic Day, K Vijayanand, Chairman and Managing Director of AP Transco, said, “While giving importance to improvement of Plant Load Factor (PLF) in AP Genco plants, efforts are being made to improve the PLF from 85 per cent to 90 per cent. AP Genco has maintained highest PLF of 80.71 per cent during 2014-2015.”

To meet the growing power demand, AP Genco has drawn up plans to add 11,210 MW with an outlay of Rs 64,182 crore over the next 10 years.

“The T&D losses were reduced from 13.24 per cent (projected) to 10.30 per cent during the first half of the current financial year. With the 24X7 “Power For All” scheme, the State has achieved self sufficiency in meeting energy demand. The quality of life has improved considerably and the image of the power sector also enhanced,” he said.