Gujarat govt announces hybrid power policy

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To boost solar and wind power generation in the state, the Gujarat government has announced a new Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Policy. Energy minister Saurabh Patel and minister of state for energy Pradeepsinh Jadeja told the media that the policy is meant to promote the production of wind and solar power simultaneously. Under the policy, developers can set up wind power unit on the land meant for a solar power unit, or vice versa. The policy allows the establishment of wind-solar hybrid power producing units. The objective of the new policy is the optimum utilization of land and grid land for clean energy.

The electricity produced from such hybrid wind and solar units will be exempted from electricity duty, allowing land use for dual purpose. The new policy has the provision for 50% exemption from electricity duty for selling electricity to a third party. For hybrid captive plants, total exemption will be given from cross-subsidy surcharge and additional surcharge, and 50% relief in wheeling charges and distribution loss.

Those who already have third party sale agreement with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd can continue with the arrangement in line with their capacity. New developers can decide the capacity of the wind-solar hybrid unit in accordance with the renewable power purchase agreement with the consumer. Moreover, group captive companies can set up hybrid projects with 100% investment share in the same ratio for the consumption. Gujarat currently produces approximately 5,500MW of wind power and 1,600MW of solar power, totalling 7,100MW of green energy.

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