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Exclusive solar corridor to evacuate 3,000 MW power

According to reports, Tamil Nadu is all set to establish first-of-its-kind solar power transmission corridor to evacuate 3,000 MW solar power it proposes to add to grid by 2015.

The Tamil Nadu Trans­mission Corporation’s proposes to establish a separate corridor of 400 KV transmission line comprising three 400 KV substations (SS) to evacuate solar power. The three SS would come up in Thoothukudi, Sivag­angai/Ramana­thap­uram and Pudukottai and it would be connected to Nagapatinam 765 KV SS, a senior TNEB official said.

The state solar energy policy envisages addition of 3,000 MW solar power by 2015. “We should have system in place to evacuate solar power as existing the transmission facility is inadequate to meet proposed capacity addition of solar power as envisaged in the policy,” sources said, adding that steps has been initiated to establish separate solar corridor.

Already, Tamil Nadu Generation and Distrib­ution Corporation has sele­cted firms to set up solar plants to the tune of 698 MW through the bidding route and also received application from companies for establishing about 700 MW capacity solar plants through “Renewable En­ergy Certificate” mechanism.

With the existing infrastructure, the Tantransco could evacuation only 1,200 MW of solar power.

Tangedco has received proposal from bidders to set up nearly 299 MW solar plants in Ramanathapuram district but the existing evacuation facility is only 50 MW.  But with the establishment of the proposed solar corridor, the official said that there would not be any trouble in evacuation.

On the apprehension among solar developers over the power evacuation facility in the state, the official said that solar projects would not face the difficulties as faced by the windmills, as the solar power projects are not location specific like wind power.

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