Below are the excerpts of our recent interview with Sri. M. Kamalakar Babu, VC & MD, NREDCAP
There has been a 5-fold increase in the planned capacity under the solar mis- sion. Is the industry ready for such mas- sive scale deployment of solar?
The Government of Andhra Pradesh has set target to achieve 18GW RE power capaci- ties by the year 2021-22, out of which 10GW of solar power capacity and 8GW of wind power capacity. Regarding solar power capacity, the State is developing 4000 MW capacity solar parks. The cumulative solar power installed capacity in the State is 1245.78 MW and another 750 MW capacity projects by 30th April, 2017.
What NREDCAP and Andhra Pradesh Government doing to bring more invest- ment into the state?
The Government has announced AP Solar Power Policy 2015 and AP Wind Power Policy 2015 with incentives for promotion of solar and wind power projects in the State.
What are some of the key challenges that the industry is facing and how is NREDCAP as a central state body is resolving these challenges?
In respect of solar power projects, the tariffs are coming down and the Government is taking various steps for bringing down the tariffs in AP State also and requested the con- cerned agencies like NTPC and SECI accordingly. Considering the power surplus in the State, the Govt. of A.P. has requested the Govt. of India to consider for transmission of RE Power particularly winds power to other States to meet RPOs. Further, considering the evacuation constraints at the State level, the Govt. of India may consider for evacuation of power through CTUs by strengthening the ISTS networks.
Are there any upcoming big projects or any NREDCAP’s big tenders coming up? How has been the response for your tenders?
SECI has called tenders for 750 MW solar power projects in Kadapa Ultra Mega Solar Park coming up in Mylavaram, Kadapa District. NTPC has also called tenders for 250MW capacity. APGENCO has already finalized tenders for 500 MW solar power project to take up under EPC mode.
How much is the Solar installed capacity and how much is planned for the next fiscal?
The cumulative solar power installed capacity as on 26.03.2017 is 1245 MW and another 1000 MW is expected to be com- missioned before 31st March, 2018.
Anything else you would like to add for our readers?
During the last two years period the RE capacity addition has been accelerated due to favorable policies announced for pro- motion of Wind and Solar Power Projects. Because of investor friendly policies, the capacity addition targets i.e. 4,150 MW wind power and 5,000 MW solar power by 2018-19 or expected to be achieved much earlier.
- Under the Solar Park initiatives taken by MNRE, the Govt. of A.P. is the first state signed MOU with GOI to develop solar parks and has planned to develop solar parks in the state. 4000 MW capacity solar parks are being developed in the state in Ananthapuramu, Kurnool and Kadapa districts. NTPC is developing 1000 MW Solar Power project in Anathapuramu district and also allotted 1000 MW capacity solar power projects in the Solar Park being developed in Kurnool district. Further tender have been floated for another 1250 MW capacity projects. NTPC has already commissioned 250 MW capacity. It is contemplated to commission 1000 MW solar power projects in the solar park being developed at Gani in Kurnool District before 30th April 2017. Once the projects are commissioned, this will be the largest solar park in the World.
- It is proposed to promote the Solar Rooftop Systems on large scale and it is targeted to add 50 MW capacity solar rooftop systems in the next two years period. The policy has been announced for both net metering and gross metering facilities for Grid Connected Solar Rooftop Systems. The grid connected systems at single location is allowed upto 1000 KWp in the State.
- Under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, it is con- ceptualized scientific and efficient municipal waste management as a priority project. A tariff based bidding process has been undertaken to select developers for imple- menting Waste to Energy Projects in 10 clusters on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis. LOI was issued for an aggregate capacity of 63 MW in 10 clusters i.e Visakhapatnam - 15 MW, Guntur
-15 MW, Tirupati- 6 MW, Tadepalligudem - 5 MW, Kadapa – 5 MW, Vizianagaram - 4 MW, Machilipatnam - 4 MW, Ananthapur
- 4 MW, Nellore – 4 MW and Kurnool (biomethanation) – 1 MW. The quoted tariff ranges between 6.165 to Rs.7.50 /Unit.