Tamil Nadu

Solar, wind energy production goes up


Reduces the need for thermal power

The growing production of electricity through non conventional sources of energy has reduced the need for thermal power, a conventional energy source.

In the wake of accelerated production of non conventional energy, the second unit with a capacity of 210 MW in Tuticorin Thermal Power Station (TTPS) was kept on standby mode following a directive from the load dispatch centre.

Production from this unit was suspended since 10.26 a.m. on Saturday, sources told The Hindu . Other two units including third and fourth units of TTPS with the same capacity each had been kept on standby mode for over a week.

Only the first and the fifth unit with a capacity of 210 MW each had been generating power. Not only through wind energy, but with solar energy also contributing to the needs of electricity consumers nowadays, of the 500 MW capacity of solar power plants under Tirunelveli Circle, Non Conventional Energy Source, TANGEDCO, production touched 85 per cent, sources said.

Even at 9 a.m., a 70 MW solar power plant near Kamudi- Arupukkottai area achieved production of 30 MW. Solar power generation was considerably good from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and after this point of time, wind energy starts generating electricity. Wind energy touches a peak after 10.30 p.m. normally. Despite growing need for electricity due to the scorching sun, wind and solar energy have been catering to the demands.

On Friday, 2,380 MW of electricity was derived from wind energy under the Tirunelveli Circle. It had generated 1,100 MW of wind energy until 7 a.m. and crossed 2,000 MW after 3 p.m., sources said.

On Friday, 2,380 MW of electricity was derived from wind energy under the Tirunelveli Circle, sources said

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