PM Modi lays foundation stones for largest renewable energy park in Gujarat

• It is 30 GW capacity hybrid renewable energy (HRE) park which will harbour solar and wind power generation infrastructure and an energy storage zone.

About:

• It will be built along the Indo-Pak border at Khavda in Kutch district of Gujarat.

• India is currently the fourth largest producer of renewable energy in the world.

• It spread over 72,600 hectares of land it is dubbed as the world’s largest single-location HRE.

• It will play a major role in fulfilling India’s vision of generating 450 GW of power by 2030 and would enable overcoming the problems related to intermittent supply of renewable power.

• Also, wind mills at Kutch near Indo-Pakistan border will help in border security (as it also acts as a boundary).

• HRE usually comprises of two or more renewable energy sources combined in such a way to provide an efficient system with appropriate energy conversion technology connected together to feed power to local load or grid.

• There are different types of HRE systems like Biomass-wind-fuel cell, Photovoltaic-wind, Hydro-wind and Photovoltaic-Biomass etc.

Benefits of HRE:

• Low emission;

• Lower consumer price of power;

• Efficient use of land;

• Continuous power supply; etc.

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Mains Paper 3: Economy

Prelims level: Hybrid renewable energy

Mains level: Benefits by using hybrid renewable energy

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