Raj seeks changes in proposed norms for hybrid energy parks

Seeking modifications to the proposed norms for hybrid energy parks, Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation (RRECL) as written to the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to reduce threshold of capacity utilisation factor (CUF) for wind power to between 25-30% instead of 30%.

Chairman and managing director of RRECL Subodh Agarwal said said that given the moderate wind speed in Rajasthan, a lower level of CUF will help the state to realise its huge potential.

“We have a potential for about 127 gigawatt wind power potential in the state. For hybrid parks will play a significant role in realising the potential. That’s why we have suggested MNRE to bring down CUF level to between 25-30% which will encourage a lot of investors given the other advantages the state provides in terms of barren and semi-fertile land, high levels of solar radiation and related infrastructure.”

Over the past few years, the attention has shifted to solar projects because of lower rates. Wind capacity has not increased much owing to other regulatory issues as well. The hybrid park scheme would lend a required impetus to the sector.

“We want to see wind also contributing a substantial share of the renewable energy. That’s why the hybrid park scheme is important for us,” added Agarwal.

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