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India lowers capacity requirements for hydro project grid connection

India's Central Electricity Regulatory Commission has announced that hydropower projects and other renewable energy projects of at least 50 MW capacity will now be eligible for grid connectivity.

The threshold capacity for connecting to inter-state grid will be 250 MW for thermal power stations, CERC reported.

These changes have been made by CERC in view of the feedback received that state transmission utilities in many stations are not presently in a position to extend connectively to their systems, hindering the development of hydroelectric stations and other renewable energy power stations.

Under the new provisions, renewable energy projects that have an installed capacity of less than 50 MW can seek grid connectivity collectively with an aggregate installed capacity of 50 MW or greater, CERC reported.

In other news, power firm NHPC Ltd. has commenced commercial operations of all three units of the 120-MW Sewa II hydropower project in Jammu and Kashmir, according to wire reports from the region.

With the commissioning of the Sewa II hydro project, the installed capacity of NHPC has reached 5,295 MW.

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