Tata Power DDL Gears Up To Add 400 MW RE To Power

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (DDL) is working to increase the supply of renewables to 50% of its overall supplies in the next five years. At present, the renewable profile of the company is around 21% of the discom’s supplies. The company is preparing for a peak load of about 2350 MW this year. The peak load last year was 2,106 MW. That share is well below where it should be, considering the privileged situation in Delhi, in terms of access and resources.

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Ganesh Srinivasan, CEO, Tata Power-DDL, has been quoted as saying, “The quantum of renewable that we supply is about 21% of our power; wind and solar and small hydro. India has set a target of 50% by 2030, so really in the next 4 to 5 years we (Tata Power DDL) want to reach towards that 50% goal. In order to reach 50% green energy by 2027, the company needs about additional 400-500 MW of renewable energy capacity. The company is also looking for opportunities in the battery storage and hybrid spaces in its renewable push”,.

The company’s overall current supply of green energy stands around 25%. “We have active plans for solar, wind and battery storage, because without battery it is going to be difficult to feed the baseload…particularly night load is extremely challenging. So, we are in discussion with multiple agencies on hybrid battery, basically solar plus wind plus battery, that is the real thing that will take off going forward,” Srinivasan said adding further that peak demand is very much around in Delhi and the red hot summer of  heat waves is not going to give us any respite until July.

At SaurEnergy  we have long contended that it is the role of top metros to lead the adoption of renewable energy, and help create market for innovations like large batteries and other storage. Almost every metro’s performance on rooftop solar, a very doable part of the mix, besides making them that much more self sufficient, is abysmal. Including Delhi.

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