APGenco MD K Vijayanand informed that they are embarking on a massive capacity addition aimed at increasing power generation to 12,000 MW by 2022.Addressing newsmen after a meeting with the officials of Genco, Transco, SPDCL, EPDCL and SECM (State Energy Conservation Mission) on the various development initiatives in the power sector, here on Wednesday, Vijayanand said that plans are afoot to increase solar energy to 4,500 MW as against 1,000 MW now and wind energy to 7,000 MW against the present 1,800 MW. “Transco for the first time has taken up 400 KV transmission schemes for wind and solar evacuation projects in Anantapur, Kadapa and Kurnool districts, under ‘Green Energy Corridor’,” he averred.
He said that the State was leading in developing Solar Parks in the country with highest sanctioned capacity of 4,000 MW and added that the present installed capacity of solar power projects was around 850 MW and the expected capacity addition would be 5,000 MW in the next 4 years.In line with the Central government’s directive to have 1,75,000 MW of renewable energy within 10 years, which includes 1,00,000 MW of solar capacity, the State was leading towards achieving 10 per cent of the national targets,” he remarked.Besides, the power utilities are focusing on energy conservation and energy efficiency, he said, citing the sanction of 10,000 more solar pump sets which will be provided in the next two years in addition to 8,000 agriculture pump sets in the State.
This apart, efforts are on to promote energy efficiency fans and also grid connected solar pumps which will be introduced on pilot basis in Nellore and Vizianagaram districts,” he said while explaining the initiatives for energy conservation.APSPDCL chairman and managing director HY Dora said that the distribution company has taken up High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS) with an outlay of Rs 1,600 crore for conversion of low tension network into high tension net work, which would be completed in the next two years.He informed that laying of underground cabling was being taken up in the pilgrim city to make it a smart city, with an outlay of Rs 300 crore and the works were expected to be completed by March next year.
Three cities including Vijayawada, Guntur and Nellore will have Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) for smart distribution management system at a total cost of Rs 39.13 crore. The works also will be over by March next year.APEPDCL managing director MM Naik, State Energy Conservation Mission (SECM) chief executive officer Chandrasekhar Reddy and others were present.