AP to be the first in Asia to store Solar Energy for farmers

Andhra Pradesh is going to be the first State in the country and Asia to store solar energy for power supply to agriculture sector which will end farmers dependence on grid-based power supply for cultivation. This move to store around 100 MW power was taken after Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s recent US trip. The solar energy storage facilities are available in US and few European countries.

The CM drafted the blueprint for the action plan after holding a detailed discussion with Energy Department Principle Secretary Ajay Jain and CMD of AP Transco K Vijayanand. Following which, the Power Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh took up a pilot project and floated an international tender for lithium ion batteries with storage capacity of 1 mega watt.

Some of companies, like Power Grid Corporation of India and L&T, have only experimented this concept with 500 KV and 300 KV storage capacity. AP Transco is establishing 1 MW solar energy storage system in Kassumarra village of Nellore District and Makkuva village of Vizayanagaram District.

The Transco will set up two solar plants with installed capacity of 5MW in both villages under 33/11 KV substations. Later on the solar plants will be integrated with Lithium Ion Battery Storage System. The power generated from solar plants will be supplied to agriculture sector directly in day time and surplus power will be stored in Li batteries. And on cloudy days, the power stored in Li batteries will be supplied to agricultural pumps. K Vijayanand, CMD, AP Transco and Principle Secretary to IT Department, who is monitoring the pilot project, has taken steps to complete the pilot project within six months.