Project Development, Solar, Storage, Utility Scale, Wind Power

GE to Design Wind, Solar Energy Storage Project in India

GE last week said that its energy consulting business has been chosen by wind energy firm IL&FS Energy Development to examine the feasibility of integrated wind, solar and energy storage projects at IL&FS Energy’s sites in Ramagiri, Andhra Pradesh, and Nana Layja, Gujarat, India.

As a part of a study by IL&FS Energy, GE said it will design an integrated wind, solar and energy storage plant, estimate its capital and operating costs and develop a business plan that includes the viability gap funding that will be required for the commercialization of the project. IL&FS Energy’s study investigates how the company can best integrate wind and solar PV installations with energy storage solutions to create dispatchable, utility-scale renewable energy projects.

“Energy storage technologies are essential to the integration of renewables,” Sunil Wadhwa, managing director, IL&FS Energy, said in a statement. “They help to address the variability of wind and solar PV generation and make renewable energy more acceptable to the grid.

Wadhwa added that, for commercial deployment of these technologies, a robust regulatory framework needs to be in place.

“The flexibility and cost reductions that energy storage technologies provide to grid infrastructure would allow India to achieve an efficient, low-carbon intensity trajectory,” he said. “The current challenge, however, is to address the initial high cost through a regulatory framework.”

GE said it expects to complete the project this summer.

Lead image credit: IL&FS Energy.