Adani Hybrid Energy Jaisalmer One Limited (AHEJOL), a subsidiary of Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL), has commissioned a 390 MW wind-solar hybrid power plant in Rajasthan.
According to the company, this plant in Jaisalmer is India's first-ever wind and solar hybrid power generation plant.
AGEL said that the hybrid power plant integrated through solar and wind power generation harnesses the full potential of renewable energy by resolving the intermittency of the generation and provides a more reliable solution to meet the rising power demand.
"Wind-Solar Hybrid energy is an important aspect of our business strategy which aims to meet India's growing need for green energy. This project is a part of the first construction facility by international banks in Adani Green," said Vneet S Jaain, MD and CEO, Adani Green Energy Ltd.
The new plant has a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) with a tariff of Rs 2.69 per kWh, well below the Average Power Procurement Cost (APPC) at the national level.
With the successful commissioning of this plant, AGEL now has an operational capacity of 5.8 GW.
"This places AGEL's total renewable portfolio of 20.4 GW well on track to meet its vision of 45 GW capacity by 2030," the company said.
"The Adani Group's Energy Network Operation Centre (ENOC) platform has consistently demonstrated and aided the Group in achieving superior operational performance of the entire renewables portfolio spread across various locations in India. The ENOC platform will be instrumental in delivering industry-leading performance through this newly commissioned wind-solar hybrid power plant," it added.
Importance Of Wind-Solar Hybrid For Shift To Renewables
Variability in Solar and Wind generation has emerged as a concern in large-scale adoption of renewables, mainly after it contributes a significant share to the energy mix.
The hybridisation of wind and solar plants is developing a solution which will reduce this variability due to the complementary nature of their generation profile - solar generation is higher during the day, while wind generation can be higher at night.
Hybrid projects would also have higher capacity utilisation, thus removing the intermittency challenge.
Such projects also enjoy the additional benefit of reducing costs associated with sharing transmission lines.
Along with hybrid power plants, peak balancing through gas and hydro generation shifting, demand management, smarter grids, and storage solutions including battery, pumped hydro, and others are expected to further help in smoothing out the variability caused due to the nature of renewable energy supply.
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