Committee to decide on policy for hybrid power projects


The State government has formed a committee to draft a policy to set up hybrid power plants on land around small hydropower projects at the various dams, to increase power generation through renewable sources.

The eight-member committee will draft the policy to recommend places where a hybrid power plant (solar and wind) can be set up. It will study the environmental impact of the project and check the financial feasibility. The other tasks assigned to the committee include recommending a policy on setting up hybrid power plants, which will include hydro, solar and wind power.

To be headed by the director (commercial) of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, the committee will have members from the Environment, Water Resources, Revenue and Power departments. It will submit the draft within the next two months.

“The Central government has set a target to create 175 GW power from new and renewable energy sources till 2022. It includes 100 GW solar and 60 GW wind energy. The State had already announced a policy in 2015 to ensure power generation from unconventional energy sources. This is another attempt to form a policy to promote hybrid power projects,” an official from the Energy department said.

Use of renewable energy sources is inevitable considering the growing demand of electricity, the official said.

As per government data, the capacity of grid-connected renewable energy projects for wind and solar is 4,775.51 MW and 737.45 MW respectively, while that of small hydro projects is 304.525 MW.

According to the government, the dams which house small hydropower projects also possess ample amount of land around them, which can be used to set up these hybrid power plants. “The committee will check the actual feasibility of such projects, the rate of the electricity, implementation and other possible impacts,” the official said.

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