Andhra Pradesh government has released its new wind power policy, the new policy will be known as Andhra Pradesh Wind Power Policy 2015. It will replace the previous policy in the state. The policy has been revised to attract new investment in the state. NREDCAP will act as a Nodal Agency under this policy.
The new policy targets of achieving 4000 MW capacity addition through wind power in next five years. The main objectives of the state government is to encourage & develop the wind energy generation in the state, to attract private investment and establish large wind projects. The policy will remain applicable for next 5 years or till amended or replaced by new policy. Wind power projects commissioned under the policy will be eligible for the incentives declared under this policy, for a period of ten (10) years.
All registered companies, Joint Venture Companies, Central and State power generation/ distribution companies and public / private sector wind power developers will be eligible for setting up of wind power projects. The more details of the policy are as in the table below:
The category of projects to be developed is given in the table below:
The power generated from wind projects under category-I will be for sale within the State only. The projects under category-II and category-III will not have any cap on capacity and both of these projects will be eligible for REC mechanism.
Apart from this the policy also talks about repowering i.e. for projects where lower capacity and lower hub height WEGs were installed and which have completed more than 15 years of life, proposals will be considered for replacing older turbines with higher capacity WEGs. In such cases, existing PPAs with the state will undergo amendment with extension of time period for another 25 years. This is subject to the condition that the energy generated from additional capacity available due to repowering, will be paid at the rate of tariff determined by APERC from time to time.
The Wind policy can be found here.