Renewable energy is future: Ajay Jain
Andhra Pradesh has added about 5,000 MW of installed capacity during the past three years to be in the forefront in the area of renewable energy generation in the country.
This was informed by AP Principal Secretary-Energy Mr. Ajay Jain during his keynote address at the two-day summit – Energizing South 2017 – which began here on Friday.
Andhra Pradesh, which is leading in renewable energy generation in the country, has added as much as 5,000 MW of installed capacity in the past three years after the division of the State in 2014, according to the Principal Secretary, Energy, Mr. Ajay Jain.
Mr. Jain was delivering the keynote address at the inauguration of the two-day ‘Energizing South 2017’ summit, held in Visakhapatnam last fortnight.
Organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, the theme of the conference was “Economic growth : Smart, reliable and sustainable power.”
“Andhra Pradesh was ahead in solar power generation, with a 1,000-MW solar park coming up in Kurnool district. It can now safely be said that AP is a energy-secure state. In fact, the country as a whole is now more energy-secure than ever, with the increase in power generation through renewable sources,” Mr. Jain said.
Stating that India in general and Andhra Pradesh in particular had entered a power-surplus situation, although the per-capita energy consumption was still low and even now there are households in many villages in the country which had no power connection, he said, that all the villages and towns in AP had been electrified and all households in the State have a power connection.
Vice-chairman and Managing Director of New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of AP Limited Kamalakar Babu , said the Union Government had set the target of 175 GWs (100 GWs of solar power, 60 GWs of wind power, and 15 GWs from hydel and other sources) by 2021-22. Generating 10,000 MWs of renewable energy by 2018 and 18,000 MWs by 2021-22 was AP’s target and there was a.lot of untapped potential in the State, he noted. S Chandrasekhar, chairman of the conference, gave an overview of the power situation in the country. K Venugopal, co-chairman, of the Power Sub-committee of the CII, South, said electric vehicles would rescue the power sector, as they would create the necessary demand.
JSRK Prasad, Chairman of CII-AP, and Amit Kumar of Pricewaterhouse Coopers also spoke.