Hyderabad: Over the years Telangana State has powered its way through to eliminate the gap between energy supply and demand, especially during the period of 2011 to 2016.
According to a report published by NITI Aayog recently, the State crossed over from being power deficit to power surplus. The report also credited the State government for ramping up its supply, with special focus on renewable energy which ensured that the demand and supply gap was bridged and brought to zero.
“The State has renewable energy potential of 24 Giga Watts (GW), and the share of solar energy in the total power generation in the State constitutes 13.4 per cent of 11.5 GW,” the report said.
According to officials of the Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Limited (TSREDCO), the State government was actively identifying and tapping sources of renewable energy.
“Telangana has great potential when it comes to tapping renewable sources of energy, be it solar or wind. That’s not all, the State government has taken intiatitves to tap solar energy. There seems to be no let up from the government in this aspect,” Ruchin Gupta, deputy secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, told Telangana Today.
Elaborating on a few of the schemes taken up by the State, A Sudhakar Rao, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, TSREDCO, said: “We are actively looking at new and cost efficient ways of tapping wind and solar energy.”
“As of nowlooking at using the wind hybrid model to meet the Renewable Power Obligation (RPO),” he added. He also said the State would meet the RPO soon.
At present, the State has a wind energy policy, and wind energy is extensively generated from Yadadri and Bhadradri. Similarly, districts such as Mahabubnagar, Nizamabad, Medak and Adilabad contribute as much as 2,800 Mega Watts of solar energy to the State’s power grid. “The demand for generation of renewable sources of energy is on the rise and we would soon expand the project to cover more districts,” he added.
Some of the key incentives that have led to the rise in solar power generation include exemptions provided by the State government on electricity duty, VAT, wheeling and transmission charges (for captive use), stamp duty, a 100 per cent banking facility and fast-tracked clearances from departments concerned.