About 46,000 megawatts (Mw) of fresh renewable power generation capacity is expected to be installed in Gujarat by 2030, bringing the share of green power in the state’s total capacity to 70%, according to a published study today.
“Although Gujarat has incurred the cost of the recent bailout of its imported thermal coal capacity, refocusing efforts on pursuing its already promising renewable energy capacity additions would allow the state to become the leader in renewable energy in the world. country, âsaid Tim Buckley, co-author. of the report and director of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) which published the study.
He added that the Indian government had identified the need to reduce its exposure to imported fossil fuels, including oil, coal and gas, paving the way for massive transformation across the country.
“The government knows that excessive dependence on imported fuels negatively affects India’s trade account deficit and endangers the country’s energy security,” he said. “Setting an ambitious new renewable energy target of 523,000 MW by 2030 is a clear indication from the central government of the direction in which states must move.”
Gujarat raised its renewable energy target to 30,000 Mw from 17,000 Mw in July 2019. The state could be more ambitious, with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energies estimating the state’s renewable energy potential at 72 700 Mw, in equal parts between solar and wind potential. .
The IEEFA models renewables additions of 4,000 to 5,000 Mw per year to ensure that all of Gujarat’s additional demand in the future is supplied by renewables. It would be a dramatic change in the makeup of Gujarat’s electricity sector, with renewables accounting for 70% of its capacity and 48% of production by 2029-30, the IEEFA said.
Incorporating nearly 55,000 Mw of intermittent renewable energy into Gujarat’s electricity grid would require very active measures and investments on the front of grid integration and balancing.
IEEFA recommends a multi-technological approach with pumped hydroelectricity storage and battery storage solutions, flexible gas peaks, demand response management, faster scale-up of coal-fired energy, solar thermal with storage, solar storage on the roof plus behind the meter, as well as a continuous expansion and modernization network.
The research body also said that Gujarat is well in the race for building renewable energy capacity between states such as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan with potential similar renewable energy.
The state is also taking the leading position in preparing for massive investment in offshore wind as a dramatic shift in cost reductions is made over the next decade, IEEFA said, adding that this would provide another national source of zero emission production capacity.