One of India’s largest renewable energy companies, Tata Power Renewable Energy, has entered into a power purchase agreement for a solar-wind hybrid project.
The company signed a 510 megawatt power purchase agreement with group company Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited or TPDDL, a power distribution utility serving India’s capital city of Delhi.
The 510 megawatts of capacity will be located in the southern state of Karnataka. The capacity will be split into 170 megawatts of solar and 340 megawatts of wind power. The mix will help TPDDL get access to a consistent renewable power supply compared to a pure solar or pure wind power project.
The project was awarded to Tata Power Renewable Energy following competitive auctions. An increasing number of power distribution utilities in India are looking to procure solar-wind hybrid solar power.
Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited (AEML) was among the first power distribution utilities to issue a solar-wind hybrid tender. In 2019, the company sought bids from developers to procure 350 megawatts from a solar-wind hybrid configuration. The developers had a greenshoe option and could set up 700 megawatts of capacity. The project was awarded to group company Adani Green Energy following a competitive auction.
The project, the largest of its kind, was commissioned in the state of Rajasthan. Adani now has over 2.1 gigawatts of hybrid capacity commissioned which accounts for more than a quarter of its operational portfolio.
Going forward, distribution utilities in India are expected to show greater preference for solar-wind hybrid projects over pure wind or solar projects.
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