What is green corridor project in renewable energy?

The Government in 2013 announced a National Green Corridor Program (NGCP) worth Rs. 43,000 Crore to enable the flow of renewable energy into the National Grid Network.

Specifically, the green energy corridor is grid connected network for the transmission of renewable energy produced from various renewable energy projects. The project was envisaged by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) in its innovative report titled ‘Green Energy Corridors’. It was proposed as a dedicated transmission network for renewable energy across different renewable energy potential states.

Two green corridor transmission networks are proposed under the project. Firstly, construction of the inter-state transmission network for connecting renewable energy-rich states under Green Corridor-I will be completed. Besides, a Green Corridors-II for solar parks is also started which is connecting solar parks in different states including Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

The first phase of the program is designed to support 33 GW of solar and wind power, while the second phase will link 22 GW capacity.

As of now, there are 33 solar projects in 21 states including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Odisha, among others.

The government aims to create an ambitious 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022.