TN emerges renewable energy hub
Tamil Nadu has clearly established itself as a hub for renewable energy with a diverse spread of clean power options, including wind, solar, and biomass-fuelled power and co-generation power.
While the installed conventional power generation capacity is 10,722 MW, that of renewable energy is about 8,100 MW.
Wind energy is the biggest contributor to the share of renewable energy with more than 7,100 MW capacity followed by biomass and cogeneration contributing over 600-700 MW.
Solar power generation is the newest on the block with the State Government unveiling a solar energy policy last year and setting a target of 3,000 MW of grid-connected solar power over the next three years. In addition, it has announced a programme of roof-top power generation as a part of a major housing project. Right now, solar contributes around 7 MW of power.
However, investors have a grouse on the policy and tariff front, which can be corrected and the State’s full potential can be exploited, say industry representatives.
Powered by the sun
Solar power is the new buzzword in the State with the Government announcing a Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy 2012. The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation has tied up with over 90 investors to supply a total of 226 MW of solar power. The State-run utility hopes to achieve the targeted capacity of 3,000 MW as envisaged under the policy. In addition, roof-top solar power generation is also set to get a fillip with authorities providing for net metering. Solar power generated from rooftops can be fed into the grid and the consumers will only have to pay for the net electricity consumed.
Wind power evacuation
Ramesh Kymal, Chairman, Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association, says that a latest study, commissioned by the CII and the Sakthi Foundation, and done by the World Institute for Sustainable Energy has found that there is potential to add over 2,000 MW of wind energy in the State. But the capacity addition has petered out due to lack of policy support at the State level.