Andhra Pradesh as a part of its efforts to woo the wind power investors to the state, had earlier announeced that it had drawn up plans for strengthening the power evacuation system in the state involving an outlay of Rs 1,800 crore.
Since, a senior IT Ministry official said that the state had plans to set up 5 solar units of 5 MW each. He Further added that they will come up at Mulugu (Warangal district), Siddipet (Medak), Aler (Nalgonda) and Nellore.
The state has charted out a five-point programme for better energy management and to meet the demand surge of about 300 million units a day during the rabi crop season.
According to estimates, energy requirement is expected to cross 300 mu against 280 mu met during the rabi crop season last year. During rabi, the demand from pump sets boosts energy demand significantly to support the standing crop.
To meet this projected demand, the State Government has directed power utilities to strictly follow the 5-point programme to ensure adequate supply to all categories of consumers and ensure seven hours power supply to agricultural sector.
The Chief Minister today said that a Group of Ministers will be constituted to study the renewable energy sector and see how the State could encourage development of solar and wind energy farms. The State has potential for 7,000 MW of wind energy projects, he said.