The state government of Gujarat on June 21, 2018 announced its wind-solar hybrid power policy - 2018 to promote setting up of wind as well as solar power projects at one location.
Objective: The policy aims to make optimum utilisation of land and grid lines.
• The 'Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Policy-2018' will remain in force for five years.
• It will provide encouragement to renewable power producers supplying to the grid as well as to those having captive use.
• The policy would enable the developer of an existing solar project to use the same land for setting up wind and solar power units.
• It would also allow them to use the common transmission line to evacuate the power.
• A power project could also be set up on a land being used for wind farms.
• The benefits of the new policy will be applicable for a period of 25 years or till the life of the project, whichever is earlier.
• The electricity generated from wind-solar hybrid projects will be exempted from energy charges.
• The policy would also provide 50 per cent concession for cross-subsidy surcharge and additional surcharge when the generated energy is sold to a third party.
• For the captive users, the hybrid projects will have complete waiver on cross-subsidy surcharge and additional surcharge. The projects will also qualify for 50 per cent relaxation in wheeling charges and distribution loss.
At present, Gujarat produces approximately 7,100 MW of non-conventional energy including 5,500 MW of wind power and 1,600 MW of solar power.