Power Grid Corp. of India girds up for solar challenge

As India pursues its ambitious solar energy plans, the national grid is girding up for a smooth transition to a low carbon economy. It’s a transition that is changing the face of the transmission business at every step, from the drawing board to costs and technology.

State-owned Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd, which is working to improve the capacity and efficiency of inter-state transmission networks, is setting up transmission corridors to supply power from solar parks to the national grid. It is also establishing 11 renewable energy management centres, each at a cost of around Rs40 crore, in clean energy-rich states such as Tamil Nadu, Karanataka and Andhra Pradesh.

“These centres will do the forecasting in the backdrop of concerns over grid stability, with solar being an intermittent electricity supply source,” said Subir Sen, chief operating officer, central transmission planning and smart grid at Power Grid.

Experts believe the technological breakthrough that the Indian solar energy sector awaits is commercially viable energy storage solutions which would also help grid stability.

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