Hero Future Energies brings live India’s 1st solar-wind hybrid

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April 23 (Renewables Now) - India’s Hero Future Energies Pvt Ltd has commissioned a hybrid renewable power plant combining 50 MW of wind and 28.8 MW of solar power capacity in the state of Karnataka.

The complex, which Hero Future Energies says is the largest of its kind, is located in Karnataka’s Raichur district, the renewable power producer announced on Twitter last week.

As part of the project, the Indian firm installed photovoltaic (PV) panels in the spaces between turbines powering an existing 50-MW wind farm of the company, Hero Future Energies’ chairman Rahul Munjal said, as cited by the Economic Times. Some additional land was acquired to allow more solar capacity.

The hybrid renewable power plant is using a 50-MW transmission line that was previously used only to evacuate power from the wind farm. The output is sold on a captive basis, with several private companies buying electricity directly at mutually agreed tariffs.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) was hired as contractor for both projects and supplied equipment for the wind park.

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