The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has permitted Adani Green Energy, the renewable energy arm of Adani Group, to construct transmission lines for a 300 MW wind project in Gujarat.
The CEA has granted a 25-year approval for the project.
The company will develop a 220 kV single current line and connected bays at the generation end in Narayanpur village, Kutch, Bhuj. It will also develop a 220 kV single current line and its connected line bays at both ends in Vayat village, Kutch, Bhuj.
The overhead transmission lines will pass through several villages including Nakhatrana, Abdasa, Mandvi, and Bhuj in the Kutch district.
The CEA said that the company has to seek the consent of the authorities, such as local bodies, Railways, National Highways, and State Highways, before developing these transmission lines.
Last month, The Central Electricity Authority also accorded approval to special purpose vehicles of Eden Renewables and SoftBank Energy to construct transmission lines for 300 MW of solar projects each in Rajasthan.
The lack of transmission infrastructure to support new renewable energy capacity addition has been a concern for solar and wind generators in the country, especially over the last few years, in light of the surge in renewable energy projects. The government has been closing auctions to ramp up transmission infrastructure in renewable-rich states.
Recently, Power Grid Corporation of India, a state-owned power transmission company, bagged three power transmission projects in Rajasthan through competitive bidding. These are to be built to evacuate 8.1 GW of power from solar energy zones in the state.
Adani Green Energy has a total installed wind capacity of 172 MW spread across three states. The company is also rated as the top solar developer in the world based on its operational, under construction, and awarded projects, according to Mercom’s Global Large-Scale Solar PV Developers Report.
The company reported a 61% rise in total income in Q3 2021 compared to the same quarter the previous year. During the quarter, AGEL earned ₹8.43 billion (~$1.16 billion), compared to ₹5.23 billion (~$71.7 billion) in the same period a year earlier.
Harsh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Indian Express, he has covered general interest stories. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.