RRVPL has awarded the project as part of its strategy to implement grid initiatives and augmenting renewable energy in the state.

With an investment of $21m, the project will be implemented by GE’s Grid Solutions listed entity in India, GE T&D India.

GE T&D India managing director and GE Grid Solutions South Asia business leader Sunil Wadhwa said: “The variable nature of renewable assets requires a fundamentally different approach to balance the supply and demand. Therefore, the grid of the future will require smarter, faster and more interoperable solutions to ensure resiliency, efficiency and security.

“India’s renewable energy targets urgently require the state utilities to be able to make informed and accurate decisions for which advanced Smart Grid management systems will play a key role. GE’s Advanced EMS is a critical tool to enable that decision making.”

RRVPL has designed the Smart Transmission Network and Asset Management System (STNAMS), an advanced power transmission roadmap to integrate large-scale renewable energy and manage existing and future power structure.

The state of Rajasthan plans to increase the solar and wind generation capacity to 14.3GW by 2022. Currently, 34% of the 21.6GW total installed power capacity in the state comes from renewable sources. The state needs remote monitoring and grid stability to support its focus on renewable energy.

GE’s Advanced Energy Management System (AEMS) is designed to serve the RRVPL’s roadmap as a foundation and allows the utility to alter production levels based on demand.

The RRVPL-STNAMS project will also include software features of National Transmission Asset Management Centre (NTAMC) & Unified Real Time Dynamic State Measurement (URTDSM), which will be implemented by GE for Power Grid Corporation of India.

GE has designed the RRVPL-STNAMS project to have 535 substations remotely connected to the three control centers, including a main control center in Jaipur, a back-up control center in Jodhpur and an additional regional center in Ajmer.

GE’s grid software solution is also expected to allow remote operations and control of the substations and network, enabling existing technical workforce to focus on asset maintenance/management, grid monitoring and efficiency improvement-related work.

GE Grid Solutions regional service leader Deepak Pandey said: “We are excited to have an opportunity to implement advanced grid technologies in the state, which to-date have only benefited the transmission sector at a national level.

“With the increase of renewable energy generation that will power the remaining 24% population of Rajasthan, our robust technology will help in the grid stabilization and efficiency improvement of power systems throughout the states.”