India to invest $1.8 B in transmission projects
India: India’s largest power transmission company, the state-owned Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), recently shared proposals to set up transmission projects for renewable energy worth $1.8 B in the western states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Rajasthan.
The transmission projects will support wind and solar power projects with a combined installed capacity of 25.4 GW across the three states.
The current proposal is part of a much larger plan to set up transmission projects dedicated to solar and wind energy farms spread across seven renewable energy-rich states in the country. As part of this plan, transmission projects to support 50 GW of solar and 16.5 GW of wind energy capacity shall be set up. This larger plan is divided into two phases — under phase I, transmission projects for 20 GW of solar and 9 GW of wind energy capacity shall be set up by December 2020, while under phase II, projects for 30 GW of solar and 7.5 GW of wind energy capacity shall be set up by December 2021.
PGCIL proposes to set up a transmission network with an investment of $810 M (Rs 5,641 crore) in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The projects will support 13.5 GW of wind energy capacity and 3 GW of solar power capacity.
For the state of Rajasthan, PGCIL has proposed setting up transmission projects to support 8.9 GW of solar power capacity across three solar power parks. The transmission projects will be built at an estimated cost of $1.01 B (Rs 7,041 crore).
Source: Clean Technica