State’s renewable energy generation soars to record levels this summer.

By Oliver Townsend Jul 10, 2024
Renewable energy generation in the State hits peak this summer.jpegOrginal image from: https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/renewable-energy-generation-in-the-state-hits-peak-this-summer/article68389072.ece

Renewable energy generation in the State of Tamil Nadu has reached a peak this summer, marking a significant milestone in the transition towards sustainable energy sources. The State has witnessed a surge in wind and solar energy production, with April recording the highest generation at 52%. This increase in renewable energy, which includes wind, solar, hydro, and cogeneration, is a testament to Tamil Nadu’s commitment to clean energy initiatives.

Historic Achievements in Renewable Energy Generation

A senior official from Tangedco highlighted the State’s impressive energy generation statistics, with March, April, and May experiencing peaks in energy demand and consumption. The highest energy demand reached 20,830 MW on May 2, while daily consumption peaked at 454 MUs. In the same period, Tamil Nadu achieved a total renewable energy generation of 24,530 MUs out of 48,835 MUs, demonstrating a clean energy composition of 50%.

Renewable Energy Capacity Breakdown

Out of the State’s total power capacity of 34,700 MW, renewable energy sources account for 18,300 MW, including hydro (2,300 MW), wind (8,750 MW), solar (6,550 MW), and cogeneration (700 MW). Despite the energy demand surpassing 20,500 MW, renewable energy played a crucial role, with April witnessing the highest renewable energy generation of 6,900 MUs out of a total of 12,960 MUs.

Impact of Wind and Solar Energy

Traditionally reliant on thermal energy, Tamil Nadu has shifted towards wind and solar energy sources, significantly contributing to meeting the State’s power requirements. The increase in wind and solar energy generation has not only diversified the energy mix but also reduced the carbon footprint, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change.

Future Prospects and Sustainability

The success of Tamil Nadu in renewable energy generation sets a positive precedent for other regions to follow suit. By harnessing the power of wind, solar, and other clean energy sources, the State is not only ensuring energy security but also promoting environmental sustainability for future generations. As renewable energy continues to play a vital role in the State’s energy landscape, Tamil Nadu is poised to become a leader in clean energy initiatives.

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