Harnessing the potential of wind energy is proving to be difficult due to its intermittent nature and the limited number of favourable sites. However, wind is being increasingly used to generate electricity, and its application is likely to go up in future.
India’s wind power sector has been exploring the possibility of repowering older wind farms, which can accelerate capacity addition. In August 2016, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) released its policy on wind repowering. However, a Right to Information (RTI) query addressed to the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), a government body entrusted with financing repowering projects, has revealed that not a single project has availed an additional interest rate rebate for wind repowering under the `Repowering of Wind Power Projects 2016’ between 2016 and 2021.
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) invites you to a webinar targeted at wind energy developers to discuss the issues and concerns revolving around repowering, with specific reference to the state of Tamil Nadu. As part of the 2022 draft policy, developers are required to meet certain conditions in order to repower their old wind turbines. The webinar will focus on the challenges that developers are still faced with -- identifying potential turbines for repowering, obtaining project size and transmission capacity, the selection process of the developer by a wind repowering project aggregator, liaisoning issues with DISCOMs and the woes of DISCOMs on additional wind power purchase, among other concerns.
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