Hyderabad: Telangana plans to add about 3,000 MW clean energy capacity in about four to five years. This will take the total clean energy capacity to about 7,000 MW from the about 4,400 MW capacity present in the State, said Sunil Sharma, Special Chief Secretary (Energy).
Speaking at the Hysea Infrastructure Summit on Friday, he said that Telangana has a total installed capacity of 17,250 MW from all sources. At present, the renewable energy installed in the State is 4,400 MW, of which 3,900 MW is solar power, while the remaining energy is tapped through sources such as wing energy, biomass energy, biogas, industrial waste to energy and mini-hydel projects. The installed solar capacity in 2014, when the State was formed, was just about 74 MW and it has now crossed 3,900 MW due to the progressive policies in place, he said.
At the national level, the Central government has set a target of 100 GW installed solar energy capacity by March 2023. Out of this, about 40 GW was from the rooftop solar segment and the remaining from 60 GW was through the ground-mounted utilities, he said.
Though various States in the country are faced with coal shortages, Telangana is able to avoid that situation due to Singareni coal mines. He said Telangana is the only State to offer 24/7 quality power to the farm sector. The State is working towards having mixed power generation sources including better harnessing the solar power through solar rooftops by households as well as commercial establishments.
Telangana has adopted a distributed generation policy for solar power. This resulted in taking up projects in smaller areas and reduced the infrastructure and maintenance expenses. Telangana is now ranked second after Karnataka for creating a conducive atmosphere for the installation of solar rooftops. With net-metering in place, it will be economically feasible for households to take up the installation of solar rooftops, he said.
The State is also planning for several floating solar units to reduce land use. It is also focused on converting municipal waste as a source to generate power, the top official said adding that Telangana’a per capita power consumption was about 2,071 units and it reflected in the better growth in the economy.
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