HERO FUTURE ENERGIES SETS UP COUNTRY’S FIRST HYBRID RENEWABLE POWER PLANT
Hero Future Energies has commissioned the country’s first large-scale hybrid renewable energy project—a combination of sun and wind power—in Karnataka’s Raichur district. The company has added a 28.8 MW solar project to an existing 50 MW wind project set up two years ago. Also, both wind and solar are ‘infirm’ sources of power in that their supply varies according to the speed of the wind or the intensity of solar radiation. By combining the two, the project can supply steady power for a longer period in a day than standalone wind or solar plants, and improve its overall plant load factor (PLF). Wind speeds are usually highest early in the morning and at night, while sunshine is available only during the day. The project is a group captive one, with a number of private companies buying power from it directly at mutually agreed tariffs.