IN FIRST, ANDHRA TO STORE SOLAR ENERGY FOR FARMERS
Andhra Pradesh is going to be the first State in the country and Asia to store solar energy to facilitate power supply to agriculture sector, bringing an end to farmers’ dependence on grid-based power supply for cultivation.
The move to store around 100 MW power was taken month after Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu returned from the US.
The solar energy storage facilities are available in the US and in some of the European countries.
The CM drafted the blueprint for the action plan after holding a detailed discussion with Energy Department Principle Secretary Ajay Jain and CMD of AP Transco K Vijayanand.
Following which, the Power Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh took up a pilot project and floated an international tender for lithium ion batteries with storage capacity of 1 mega watt.
Some of companies, like Power Grid Corporation of India and L&T, have only experimented this concept with 500 KV and 300 KV storage capacity.
AP Transco is establishing 1 MW solar energy storage system in Kassumarra village of Nellore District and Makkuva village of Vizayanagaram District.