IS THE INDIAN GRID READY FOR EXPANSION TO RENEWABLE ENERGY?
Mr. Shivansh Tyagi specializes in project development policy and project finance as Consultant in the Solar Project Development team at BRIDGE TO INDIA. He interest lies heavily in tracking the development of power infrastructure in India.
Two major grid collapses in less than 48 hours – this is the worst power crisis India has ever seen, affecting 19 states and about 600 million people. A cascading effect of power overdrawn from the grid by northern states like Uttar Pradesh and Punjab lead to grid frequency plummeting to an alarming low of 47.50Hz in India earlier during the day. This grid failure has raised fundamental questions about the robustness of the Indian power grid, especially given India’s ambitious renewable power targets, adding significant amounts of unscheduled power to the grid.
- Wind and solar power are still a negligible part of India’s power generation but there are plans to increase the proportion significantly
- Wind and solar power are known to be more erratic in comparison with power from thermal or large hydro sources
- Is the Indian grid stable enough to transmit power from more erratic sources such as solar and wind power?