In a major development in the renewable energy sector, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd., has operationalised the largest floating solar PV project of 25 MW on the reservoir of its Simhadri thermal station in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Sanjay Madan, RED (WR2 & SR), NTPC launched the Solar PV project on August 21. This project is the first to be set up under the Centre’s Flexibilisation Scheme, notified in 2018.
The floating solar plant is spread over 75 acres in an RW reservoir. The plant has a unique anchoring design and holds the potential to generate electricity from more than one lakh solar PV modules. The project will aid in lighting nearly 7000 households while ensuring that at least 46,000 tons of CO2e are kept at arm’s length every year throughout the lifespan of the project. Moreover, it is likely to save over 1300 million litres of water annually which will be enough to meet the water demands of 6,700 households every year.
Simhadri, a 2000 MW coal-based power station, is the first power project to commission an open sea intake from the Bay of Bengal. This has been functional for over 20 years. In the times to come, the NTPC is looking to set up a pilot of a hydrogen-based micro-grid system at Simhadri.
The NTPC has 71 power stations with a total installed capacity of 66,900 MW. These include 29 projects on renewable energy. NTPC has kept a target to install 60 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2032. It is also India’s first power company to declare its energy compact goals in line with the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE).
(With inputs from PIB)