Published On: Thu, Oct 14th, 2021

Solar power, rains prevent severe energy crisis in Karnataka | Mysuru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Heavy rains in recent weeks have reduced the demand for electricity, providing the government some breathing room to manage the coal shortage at thermal power stations. Solar power has also come in handy, meeting more than 50 per cent of the demand during the daytime.
“These two factors are helping us and we are managing the power situation without load shedding,” said N Manjula, the managing director of Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL). “Solar power is proving to be the major source of energy during the day. The demand is low and manageable in the evening because of the rains.”
The solar plants in the state, including the Pavagada Solar Park (2,050MW) in Tumakuru district, have a cumulative installed capacity of 7,349MW. On average, about 3,500MW of solar power is generated daily in the state, while the peak load demand for power has been around 6,500MW for the past 10 days.
The peak demand in October is normally 9,500MW, but it has come down this time because of continuous rains, a phenomenon officials of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) describe as the extension of the southwest monsoon that was supposed to end a few weeks ago.
The state received 114.7mm of rainfall between October 1 and 11 as against the normal of 66.9mm. The showers are expected to continue till October 20.
“Rain has drastically reduced the power requirement of irrigation pump sets in rural areas. We hope there is a low demand for some more days while we restore the normal supply of coal at thermal stations,” said energy minister V Sunil Kumar.
The Ballari, Raichur and Yeramarus thermal power plants have decreased production because of the short supply of coal. Only five of eight units at the Raichur plant were operational on Wednesday and they generated 674MW at 9.20pm as against the installed capacity of 1,720MW. Two of the three units at the Ballari plant generated 842MW, while the installed capacity is 1,700MW. At the Yeramarus facility, one out of the two units was operational, producing 650MW as against the installed capacity of 1,600MW.
All conventional power plants, including hydro stations, collectively generated 4,364MW and the rest of the load was taken by solar power (3,270MW) and the central grid (1,468MW).
“The demand may rise again when the rains recede, so we are taking steps to ensure an adequate coal stock,” Sunil Kumar said.





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