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Govt to set up separate grid for solar, wind projects

Planning Commission member BK Chaturvedi has said that the Union government would set up a green corridor to generate power from solar and wind capacities that were established at a cost of Rs 50,000 crore, Planning Commission member BK Chaturvedi has said. The National Action Plan on Climate Change has recommended that India generate 10 per cent of its power needs from solar, wind, hydropower and other renewable sources by 2015, and an additional 5 per cent by 2020.

India has the world’s fifth-largest wind power capacity of 17,000 mw. Of this, Tamil Nadu alone has 7,000 mw capacity. The Planning Commission has targeted 10,000 mw of solar power and 15,000 mw of wind power by 2016-17. Chaturvedi said that the green corridor is the answer to the high cost of transmission of solar and wind power. The separate grid is proposed to be set up with the help of Power Grid Corporation, he said.

India’s electricity sector is among the world’s most active players in renewable energy and its use, especially wind energy.

As of December 2011, the installed capacity was 28,000 mw of renewal technologies-based electricity, more than the total installed electricity capacity in Austria using all technologies.

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