India: new program to support small hybrid PV+wind installations

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Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will support installation of ten solar and wind hybrid systems to promote development of such projects in the future.

First demo-installation will be placed at the wind turbine test station of National Institute of Wind Energy in the Tamil Nadu state. This hybrid system will have an installed capacity of 25 kW.

All ten projects developed under the program will have a total capacity of 2.69 MW. Six small wind turbine manufacturers participate in the program.

As estimated by the ministry, each hybrid system will cost about $2,988 to $4,482 (200,000 to 300,000 Indian rupees) per kilowatt of installed capacity. MNRE will provide financial assistance for community users willing to install one of the systems, covering up to 50% of the project costs.

The Ministry says that, since similar programs have been highly successful in the U.S. and Europe, India can also expect that more solar and wind hybrid systems will installed in the country in the future.