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First hybrid energy project using wind-solar power to be commissioned

PANAJI: While renewable energy generation in the state is currently limited to solar power, the first hybrid energy project using wind and solar power is ready for commissioning at Verna industrial estate.

On Monday officials of Revayu Energy, a Haryana based , company, said that installation of a hybrid (wind and solar) pilot project of capacity 4 kw is complete at GCCI premises, Verna, and  will soon start supplying power to the building.

The hybrid system using a six-blade wind turbine is capable of generating power even at low speeds, revealed Prateek Gupta, founder and CEO Revayu Energy. He said that, energy systems using combination of wind and solar power are more cost effective compared to systems that use a single source of renewable energy as they provide uniform energy throughout the day and night. “Micro hybrid systems are ideally suited for Goa,” he added.

The 4 KW project is expected to meet part of the electricity requirements of the GCCI building in Verna and the balance will be from the state grid. Gupta added that, majority of electricity requirement in the state is by industry that wants uniform and stable power.  The company will be targeting industrial consumers in future once the pilot projects starts generating power, he said.

The press briefing was in the presence of Samir Malhotra, chief marketing officer and Siddharth Arora, managing director, Revayu Energy and GCCI officials- , RS Kamat, director general, AK Banerjee, director.

“Power tariffs in Goa are among the lowest in India. The average tariff for industrial consumers is about Rs 7 per unit. Under hybrid energy system the tariff will be below Rs 10 per unit and would match the grid tariff,” said Gupta.

The company has installed similar hybrid systems in Paradip port, Orissa, FICCI office in New Delhi and is targeting new customers in Goa and Maharashtra.

“Solar system need manual cleaning every 10 days but wind system require annual maintenance that can be provided under AMC.  The hybrid micro system uses small wind turbines that generate electricity on electromagnetic induction,’ explained Gupta.

The new hybrid system is viable in most areas across India where conventional wind turbines are not considered viable, he said.

Goa currently has a solar power policy in place and no policy for wind power. However with the ministry of renewable energy coming out with hybrid energy policy shortly, micro hybrid systems are likely to see a boost, said company officials.