Wind and solar energy overshadow thermal power as primary energy source.
Renewable sources finally get the attention they deserve. People recognize the importance of clean energy. They are also more aware of wind and solar energy’s ability to lower power bills.
The benefits of these non-conventional energy sources are hard to ignore. And if the trend continues, we will see more conventional power plants lose prominence.
Less need for thermal power
In fact, a dramatic reduction of thermal energy needs already occurred. This was caused by an increase in solar and wind energy use.
As the use of solar panels and turbines increased, a load dispatch center kept a 210 MW thermal power station in standby mode. Since 10.26 a.m. on Saturday, production ceased in this thermal unit.
This wasn’t the first time it happened to thermal power stations. Two other units were actually in standby mode for more than a week now. These are the third and fourth units of a thermal power station with the same capacity each.
A source mentioned that “only the first and the fifth unit with a capacity of 210 MW each had been generating power.”
Wind and solar energy’s increasing contribution
Wind and solar energy contribute to the needs of electricity consumers nowadays. Production touched 85 per cent of the 500 MW capacity of solar power plants under non-conventional energy source.
A 70 MW solar power plant achieved production of 30 MW at 9 a.m. From 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., the solar power generation was excellent. Wind energy started generating electricity after this. Note that wind energy usually peaks after 10.30 p.m.
Wind and solar energy answer to the demands despite the growing electricity brought by extreme heat. Wind energy provided 2,380 MW of electricity on Friday. A source revealed that it produced 1,100 MW until 7 a.m. After 3 p.m. the figure reached more than 2,000 MW.