Purchasing agreement between DISCOM and SEKI
Raipur. Like thermal power, preparations have begun to make Chhattisgarh a hub in the field of solar energy. There is a plan to invest around Rs. 500 crores through Solar Energy Power Corporation (SEKI) in Dangargaon. Discom has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with SEKI for a 100 megawatt (MW) solar plant. For this, the first bid meeting has been held. Apart from this, there is an effort to reduce the storage rate of solar and wind energy with thermal power. For this, efforts are being made to store solar energy at the rate of Rs. 4 per unit and memorandum of understanding (MOU) for better technology. Proposals have also been sought from companies to store solar energy. Electricity prices are expected to come down in the coming future. The people of the state will get direct benefits from this.
Earlier, the State Electricity Board and Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) were working on a plan to invest Rs. 2000 crore in Dongargarh to generate 500 MW of power in collaboration with National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). But due to a lack of agreement, the plan went into abeyance. CREDA's chief executive officer (CEO) Alok Katiyar has said that Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel wants to take the state in the direction of affordable energy. International agencies have been invited to invest in Chhattisgarh to make Chhattisgarh a solar power hub and store this electricity at a lower rate. In the coming times, solar and wind energy can be stored at a lower rate than thermal power. Currently, 485 MW of power is being generated in the state through renewable energy.
Actually, Chhattisgarh is already included in the power surplus states. At present, the state has the capacity to generate electricity five times the actual demand. Against the demand of about 5 thousand MW of the distribution company, 15 thousand MW power is being produced in the state, while the installed capacity is 22 thousand to 23 thousand MW. It has 13 thousand MW thermal power, 485 MW solar energy, 272 MW hydroelectric power, and 234 MW biomass.
200 MW additional solar power every year in Chhattisgarh
The state government is working on a plan to generate 200 MW of additional solar energy every year. In view of the state's energy needs, recently, Discom has signed a PPA with National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) for 400 MW. Under this, Discom will buy power from NHPC at the rate of 2 rupees 62 paise.
"The state has immense potential for renewable energy, especially solar energy and biomass. The state will see the changes in the field of renewable energy very soon, especially in the area of solar energy. The process of setting up a 100 MW plant is in the final stages."
- Alok Katiyar, CEO Creda.