25 MW Floating Solar Plant Commissioned by NTPC in Andhra Pradesh

Highlights :

  • This is the first solar project to be set up under the Flexibilisation Scheme, which was notified by the Government of India in 2018.
  • The plant will be built on the reservoir of the Simhadri thermal station in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd has commissioned the largest floating solar PV project of 25MW on the reservoir of the Simhadri thermal station in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. This is the first solar project to be set up under the Flexibilisation Scheme, which was notified by the Government of India in 2018.

The solar PV project was recently inaugurated by Mr. Sanjay Madan, General Manager, NTPC.

The floating solar installation which has a unique anchoring design is spread over 75 acres in an RW reservoir. This floating solar project is said to have the potential to generate electricity from more than 1 lakh solar PV modules.

This would not only help to light around 7,000 households but also ensure at least 46,000 tons of CO2e are kept at arm’s length every year during the lifespan of this project, says NTPC. The project is also expected to save 1,364 million litres of water per annum. This would be adequate to meet the yearly water requirements of 6,700 households.

The 2000 MW coal-based Simhadri Station is the first power project to implement an open sea intake from the Bay of Bengal which has been functional for more than 20 years. NTPC is also planning to set up a hydrogen-based micro-grid system on a pilot basis at Simhadri.

With a total installed capacity of 66900 MW, NTPC Group has 71 power stations including 29 renewable projects. NTPC has set a target to install 60 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy (RE) capacity by 2032. NTPC is also India’s first energy company to declare its energy compact goals as part of the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE).

The group has over 17 GW of capacity under construction, including 5 GW of renewable energy projects. Uninterrupted supply of electricity through environment-friendly energy projects at affordable prices has been the hallmark of NTPC.

At its recently held “17th Annual Analysts and Investors Meet of NTPC Limited,” the utility announced that for its 60 GW renewable energy target, it hopes to build 48 GW on its own, and acquire a further 12 GW of projects.

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Soumya Duggal

Soumya is a master's degree holder in English, with a passion for writing. It's an interest she has directed towards environmental writing recently, with a special emphasis on the progress being made in renewable energy.

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