NTPC Eyes 130 MW Floating Solar in Tripura

Highlights :

  • NTPC is expected to complete the feasibility study in about 2 months.
  • The proposed 130 MW floating power plant is important for the state’s aim of producing 200 MW solar energy by 2030.
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National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) said that it will be conducting a feasibility study for a 130 MW floating solar power plant on Dumbur Lake that falls in Gomati district of Tripura. In the current case, Tripura Renewable Energy Development Agency (TREDA) has inked an MoU with NTPC for the feasibility study.

As part of the study, NTPC is going to examine the waterbody where the floating solar will come up, also identify transmission stations and look for forest clearance. NTPC will take about two months to complete the study of the first renewable energy plant in Tripura that will cost approximately Rs 450 crore as per TREDA Joint Director Debabrata Sukladas.

The TREDA Joint Director said on the NTPC led project, “The proposed 130-MW floating power plant is important for the state’s aim of producing 200 MW solar energy by 2030. The state’s average solar power energy’s potentiality stands at 2080 MW. The TREDA, Tripura State Electricity Corporation (TSECL), and the Tripura Power Generation Company – all are trying hard to tap the solar power energy potential of the state.”

Besides the promising NTPC project, TREDA is already bullish on solar power – mainly distributed – to ensure that tribal settlements that lie to the interiors have electricity connection as conventional power supply is presently not possible there.

“The installation of the solar microgrid has been completed in 17 tribal habitations while work is in progress for 50 more habitations with a cost of Rs 5.70 crore”, said TREDA joint director. He also informed that the central government will also give Rs 80 crore for a solar power project that will supply green electricity to as many as 274 tribal habitations.

NTPC has expertise in floating solar as it already operates a 100-MW floating facility at Ramagundam in Telangana. Tripura is also making a move for renewable energy. The solar power in the tiny north-eastern state has risen from 4.07 MW to 7.21 MW in the last five years.

Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd (GSECL) is also going for a feasibility study for setting up of 1500 MW floating solar park.

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