CII Andhra Pradesh organized a Conference on Captive Solar Power plants on 18 February 2014 at Hyderabad. The Conference deliberated on various issues faced by the Captive Solar Power plants developers in the state. As a part of the Conference a Report titled as “Growth of Captive Solar Power Generation in Andhra Pradesh – Insights and Perspectives” has released by Mr. M. Sahoo, IAS, Principal Secretary, Energy, Government of Andhra Pradesh. The Conference was attended by more than eighty delegates representing industry, government and academic institutions.
India has experienced phenomenal growth in the last decade in terms of GDP. This growth has placed enormous demand for power. The power shortage in India is ranging from 8-9%. Today, majority of the energy demand is met by non-renewable sources with substantial imports of oil, gas and coal. Renewable energy accounts to only 12.45% of the total installed capacity of 225.1 GW1. Solar power is one of the important renewable energy sources.
Andhra Pradesh state is facing severe shortage of power. During 2004-05 to 2012-13, energy requirement grew at a compound annual growth (CAGR) of 8.9%, while availability only grew at 6.4% leading to increasing deficits. Energy deficit in the state has increased significantly from a negligible 0.7% in 2004-05 to 17.6 % during 2012-13. Solar power can play an important role in the state with more than 300 sunny days available. One of the estimates suggests there is a potential to generate over 20,000 MW of solar power in the state. There have been a slew of measures and policies announced by Government of Andhra Pradesh to encourage solar power generation for captive consumption and for private developers on large scale. The Government has also come out with norms to encourage installation of rooftop units at homes and offices and other commercial complexes.
CII organized a conference on Solar power focusing on captive consumption. The objective of the Conference was to increase the awareness among end users, suppliers, government officials on captive solar power generation and usage its usage. It also provided a platform to understand and discuss the future emerging trends in Solar Power in Andhra Pradesh. The conference was spread over three technical Session namely Solar policies and opportunities in Andhra Pradesh, Real life success stories on solar power for captive consumption and Captive solar power and Rooftop SPV Systems – Challenges and Way Forward.
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