IEDC studying hybrid model to produce renewable energy

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IL&FS Energy Development Co. (IEDC) has embarked upon a first-of-its-kind feasibility study to examine the possibility of integrating wind and solar power production along with energy storage at a single plant. The results are expected by September. “They can be utilised by anyone who wants to come up with hybrid tenders or demonstration hybrid projects,” said Sunil Wadhwa, Managing Director. “We have also talked to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission to consider fixing a special feed-in tariff for such projects.” EDC, the power and infrastructure arm of IL&FS, currently operates 760 MW of wind farms across seven states and is developing one each at Ramagiri in Andhra Pradesh and Nana Layja in Gujarat. It is setting up solar parks of 5,000 MW capacity in Rajasthan in collaboration with the state government. The company is also into bagasse-based power generation and bio-mass projects. The study will examine what combination of wind, solar and storage at different locations is ideal from cost and generation perspectives. Sponsored by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), GE has been roped in as a consultant.

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