Tamil Nadu announces 4,000 MW solar parks with 2,000 MW of battery storage projects

The Tamil Nadu state government has announced solar power parks across the state to generate 4,000 megawatt(MW) of solar energy with the battery storage system of 2,000MW in areas excluding corporations and municipalities.

The government also committed to installing smart meters to make it easier for monitoring power consumption, and facilitate payments either post-paid or prepaid with zero-error assessment. Distribution transformers will also get smart meters at Rs 1,270 crore.

The electricity minister, V Senthil Balaji said that the solar power park will be established to meet the growing energy demand of the state. He also added that the government would set up 11 pumped storage hydropower projects in several districts based on the feasibility to augment the capacity by 7,500MW.

“The government will re-examine the implementation of Udangudi expansion projects II and III. The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd (TANGEDCO) has already applied to the government to shift Uppur thermal power plant to Udangudi. Having Uppur plant in Uppur itself will be re-examined,” the minister said.

The power utility also plans to install a 3 MW battery storage system with a 1 MW solar power plant at the Kariyapatti substation in Virudhunagar district as a pilot project. Speedy action is likely to be taken for its implementation.

The minister further added that steps will be taken to sign medium-term contracts to buy 1,500 MW power at Rs 3.26/unit and also short-term power purchase contracts with generators. Moreover, the government is looking at pumped storage hydel power projects of 500 MW each at Kanniyakumari and Theni districts which will be set up and feasibility of setting up 11 such projects totalling 7,500 MW in different districts will be studied. The plan is also to install 900 feeders at Rs5,050 crore and transformers at Rs 679 crore.

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