Gujarat launches wind-solar hybrid power policy

Ahmedabad | Updated on June 21, 2018 Published on June 21, 2018

The Gujarat government on Wednesday announced wind-solar hybrid power policy - 2018, aiming to make optimum utilisation of the land and grid.

The policy, which will have a coverage period of five years, provides encouragement to renewable power producers supplying to the grid as well as to those having captive use.

Gujarat energy minister, Saurabh Patel announced the policy stating that the developer of an existing solar project will now be able to use the same land for setting up wind and solar power units. Also, it will allow them to use the common transmission line to evacuate the power.

The benefits of the new policy will be applicable for a period of 25 years or lifetime, whichever is earlier.

The electricity generated from wind-solar hybrid projects will be exempted from energy charges. The policy provides 50 per cent concession for cross-subsidy surcharge and additional surcharge when the generated energy is sold to a third party.

For the captive users, the hybrid projects will have complete waiver on cross-subsidy surcharge and additional surcharge. Also, it will qualify for 50 per cent relaxation in wheeling charges and distribution loss.

Gujarat currently generates over 5,500 MW of wind power and 1,600 MW of solar power.

Published on June 21, 2018
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