Tamil Nadu government asked by MNRE to prevent curtailment of solar power plants – Tamil Nadu government has received a written appeal from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to prevent solar plants to be curtailed abruptly.
A letter was sent to Vikram Kapur, principal secretary of Tamil Nadu government from Dilip Nigam, advisor- National Solar Mission on September 18, in which officials at Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Co (TANGEDCO) were instructed not to cut generation from Solar Plants and which are must run plants in any situation.
The letter by Nigam yet states “the ministry has received various representations in regard to backing down of the solar projects” in the state of Tamil Nadu. Letter highlights “Solar power developers need to be given adequate confidence to maximize development of solar power capacity in the state”.
It’s been one year since when Solar Plants have been subjected to recurring back downs in Tamil Nadu. National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) even filed a petition before Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission to intervene in the matter. Apart from this petition, Adani Green Energy, that holds a 216MW solar plant in Ramanathapuram Distrcit, also filed a similar one.
The petition reports that arbitrary back downs have caused the solar developers huge losses, excluding the losses incurred in the form of effect on efficiency of electrical equipment installed and decreasing their lifespan. The petition filed by Adani states that they have incurred a loss of Rs. 36.38 Lakhs due to back downs between the April 1 and August 31.
The NSEFI petition claims that the back downs are not issued in written form and are conveyed telephonically only, there is no confirmation or notice prior to disconnection. This comes more as a shock.
The ailing and unpredictable nature of Solar and Wind Energy which depends on intensity of solar radiation and velocity of the wind, remains the top reasons for back downs. State load dispatch centers also shut off such power if they feat that it will overload the grid. This happens even after numerous government orders and some from TNERC that states that renewable energy must be on “Must Run” status, and if overloading becomes an issue, then conventional power supply should be backed down.