Andhra Pradesh to Generate 10,000MW Solar Power by 2022

The state has in its present pipeline a total of 4,000 MW ultra-solar power projects to be developed in Kurnool, Anantapur and Kadapa.

Andhra Pradesh

In order to make the state power surplus, the Andhra Pradesh state government has planned to develop another 10,000 MW of solar power by the year 2022.

Moreover, the state has in its present pipeline a total of 4,000 MW ultra-solar power projects to be developed in Kurnool, Anantapur and Kadapa.

Further, the government has been promoting the inclusion of renewable energy including solar energy in the state since 2014.

Significantly, the price of the power in the solar tenders has come down to Rs 2.75 per unit citing the successful bidding by the solar industry players.

The Andhra Pradesh government could add 2,440 MW solar power capacities during the last four years. It started with 63.70MW in 2014-15, and added 369.90 MW in 2018-19.

The solar power capacities have been consistently added and generation is poised to reach 5,000 MW by 2019-20, officials say.

Energy Minister Kimidi Kala Venkata Rao said, “So, we are making efforts to tap solar power in a big way. The government has formulated solar and wind power policies to promote the renewable energy sector, taking the view that green energy is the only way forward.”

The solar policy was announced in 2015 to attract investments in the renewable energy sector. “As a result of promotional efforts, the cumulative renewable energy capacity in the State has reached 7,119 MW, which includes 2,517 MW of solar power,” he says.

Source: thehindu

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