The Tamil Nadu government has asked all district collectors to locate property ranging in size from 20 to 200 acres suitable for the establishment of 5 MW to 50 MW solar parks in one or more places other than corporations and municipalities in order to become self-sufficient in energy generation and to boost the renewable energy sector.
To carry out the initiative, certain government agencies, including the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments and the Salt Corporation, have also been enlisted.
The state’s electricity minister, Senthil Balaji stated that the installation of solar energy power stations would aid in reducing reliance on high-cost electricity purchases from private power providers.
Over the next ten years, the state aims to build 20,000 MW of solar energy power plants and 10,000 MW of battery storage systems, said the minister “It would assist the state in providing uninterrupted power to consumers,”
The first phase of the plans consists of the establishment of 4,000 MW solar energy power plants and 2,000 MW battery storage systems. As of now, Tamil Nadu has 4,561 MW of installed solar power-producing capacity.
According to Balaji, the government would make the majority of the capital investment in solar farms. Private solar power generators would also be encouraged to continue.
TANGEDCO (Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited) buys power from private solar power generators at Rs 3.30/unit. Therefore, it has been obliged to consider renewable energy as a long-term option due to rising power demand and the need to acquire electricity from the exchange at a high cost to assure consistent power supply.
According to sources, the agency intends to deliver solar electricity to the agriculture sector in stages. The installation of solar parks in all districts will be beneficial to electricity management. It will also help to reduce transmission loss.
To satisfy its solar renewable purchasing commitment, the discom plans to acquire 1,500 MW from Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI), a subsidiary of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), at a cost of Rs 2.54/unit.