With an aggregate installed limit of 12.3 gigawatts (GW), as of March 2018, Karnataka has developed as the main stage for a sustainable power source in India this year.
As indicated by a report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), the state creates 27% of its capacity from the sustainable power source. Truth be told, a reported stated that the state has included 5 Gigawatts in 2017-2018 alone.
The report further stated that Karnataka has been building its wind energy capacity relentlessly finished the previous decade and has advanced of Tamil Nadu, because of a scaling up of sunlight based limit in 2017-2018. This can be ascribed to the establishment of in excess of 4 GW of photovoltaic age.
As of now, it has 5 GW of solar capacity, and 4.7 GW of wind limit. The rest of its sustainable portfolio (2.6 GW), incorporates little hydro, biomass, warmth and power cogeneration.
The second biggest sunlight based improvement universally, and right now under development, the Pavagada Industrial Solar Park, is the reason Karnataka's sustainable power source fortunes have expanded.
Different advances incorporate positive sustainable power source strategies, for example, open access, the presentation of a crossbreed wind-solar based improvement strategy and ventures to turn around Karnataka's notable dependence on vitality imports.
As per P Ravi Kumar, Principal Secretary, Energy Department, Karnataka had effectively figured out how to produce 80% of its power through sustainable power sources. He said that Karnataka has 5,203 MW of wind energy, 4,900 MW of wind vitality and 850 MW from smaller than usual hydel ventures, other than control from co-ace. He discussed plans of scaling up age through the sustainable power source.
He additionally clarified how sustainable power source is recurrent as amid the monsoon season we would have satisfactory breeze vitality, and how after October, we may need to depend on solar power. Mr Kumar additionally remarked on the dangers in the report, saying that there were imperatives, however, an efficient power vitality passageway was being set up.
So how did the sudden rise in renewable energy in Karnataka come about?
The report mentions that it is the financial troubles for the coal power sector that is operating at an economically unviable capacity factor of just 35%. Coal is unreliable, and the report termed Karnataka’s coal-fired power plants as “potentially stranded assets that impose additional risk on the distribution companies, the banks and the overall Karnataka economy”.