The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy on 17th October 2022, notified the Draft policy for repowering of the wind power projects and has invited comments and suggestions from the public which shall be sent through email at firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st November 2022.
The Ministry had issued ‘Policy for Repowering of the Wind Power Projects’ on 5th August 2016 in order to create a facilitative framework for repowering. However, the majority of old Wind power projects with sub MW scale Wind turbines are yet to be repowered. Therefore, a revised policy has been drafted taking into account representations received from various stakeholders and subsequent deliberations.
The objectives of the Repowering Policy are optimum utilization of Wind energy resource by maximizing energy (kWh) yield per sq.km of the project area and utilizing the latest state-ofthe art onshore Wind turbine technologies.
This policy lays out conditions for developers to go for repowering of their old Wind turbines. The following Wind turbines are eligible for repowering under the policy:
- All Wind turbines as identified in accordance with the quality control order issued by this ministry under the relevant BIS Act ;
- The Wind turbines of rated capacity below 2 MW;
- Wind turbines which have completed their design life.
- A set of existing Wind turbines over an area shall also be eligible for Repowering provided: Project area is a geographically contiguous land area and All turbines considered for repowering are connected to a single Polling Sub Station (PSS)