Curtailment of PV generation is an increasingly common phenomenon in India as the country’s solar capacity expansion outstrips the grid’s ability to accommodate it. Tom Kenning reports on efforts being made to address the problem and the role storage could play in providing a solution.
Representatives of India’s two largest solar power off-takers, SECI and NTPC have said the central government’s plan to tender 17GW of solar PV before April next year is totally reliant on the willingness of states to buy power.
Plans are in place for a 160MW solar, wind and storage project in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, while a smaller scale demonstration project experimenting with multiple technologies is being developed for Kerala.
Siemens AG has launched a 5,000 kVA central inverter that is made in India and is being supplied to utility-scale solar PV power plant projects across the country as part of its new electrical Balance of Plant (eBoP) solution, during Intersolar India.
Spanish solar association UNEF has signed a cooperation agreement with the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) to support each other in promoting solar energy and defending the interests of the sector in both countries.