Kerala Plans 200 MW Renewable Projects Over 10 Dams

Highlights :

  • Kerala State Electricity Board looks to erect 100MW solar energy and 100 MW wind energy power over 10 of its dams.
  • Tata Group, NTPC and Adani Power have participated in the tenders; bids for wind projects will open on February 24.
Kerala Plans 200 MW Renewable Projects Over 10 Dams Power & Energy Consultants Wins 800 MW Solar Power Project in Uttar Pradesh

The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) is seeking bids to develop 100 megawatt (MW) each of wind projects and floating solar projects. All of these projects will be constructed in ten dams of the state.

The government has said that the bids for the wind energy projects shall open on February 24. It has also been learnt that the power tariff for Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) buyback is capped at Rs 4.10 per unit.

KSEB’s Renewable Energy and Energy Savings (REES) Director R Suku informs that among the participants, Tata Group, NTPC, I Nox Renewables, KMRL and Adani Power are the few top notch ones.

As per the government, the 100 MW wind energy projects have a capacity to generate investments of around Rs 800 crore. Kerala has operational wind energy projects in Attappadi, Kanjikode, Vadakarapathy and Ramakkalmedu at present.

R Suku also informs that the bids for erecting grid-connected floating solar projects in the ten dams will be opened by the end February, 2022 and the department expects to generate a massive 100 MW from the reservoirs this way.

He adds, “Earlier, we had commissioned the first reservoir-based solar floating facility of 500KW at the Banasurasagar Dam in Wayanad. The Request for Qualification for eight dams under KSEB and two under the Kerala Water Authority has seen interest from corporates. The proposal is to design, build, own and operate the facilities.” He also said that the said bids will have to be finally approved by the KSEB.

KSEB has exactly eight dams under its control that are meant for hydroelectric projects. These are Ponmudi, Kallarkutty, Banasurasagar, Anayirankal, Mattupetty, Sengulam, Kallar and Kundala. There are two reservoirs under KWA: Aruvikkara and Peppara in Thiruvananthapuram district.

Kerala has stated in its Solar Energy Policy that the state looks to magnifying installed solar capacity to 2500 MW by 2030. Under its existing programme called ‘Soura,’ the state looks to add 1000 MW of solar power to the present capacity by the end of 2022. This will come from various means like rooftop solar, ground mounted solar, floating solar and even the canal top solar.

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