NTPC commissioned 25 Megawatt floating solar PV project

NTPC Ltd commissioned the largest floating solar PV project in Visakhapatnam. It is a 25 MW project on reservoir of Simhadri thermal power station.

Key Facts

This is the first solar project that was set up under the Flexibilisation Scheme. This scheme was notified by the Central Government in 2018.

About the floating solar PV project

  • The floating solar project has a unique anchoring design.
  • It was constructed over an area of 75 acres of reservoir.
  • This project has the potential of generating electricity from more than 1 lakh solar PV modules.
  • 2000MW coal-fired Simhadri Station is the first power project that implemented an open sea intake from the Bay of Bengal which has been operational for more than 20 years.

Significance of the project

This project is significant in a manner that, it will help in lighting around 7,000 households. It will also ensure that at least 46,000 tons of CO2 are avoided every year for the entire lifespan of this project. It will save 1,364 million litres of water per annum which can be used to meet the yearly water requirements of 6,700 households.

Other projects by NTPC

NTPC has also planned to set up a hydrogen-based micro-grid system at Simhadri on a pilot basis. NTPC has also become the first energy company of India to declare its energy compact goals under the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE).

About NTPC’s capacity

NTPC has a total installed capacity of 66900 MW. This group has 71 power stations comprising of 29 renewable projects. It has a set target of installing 60 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy (RE) capacity by 2032. Over 17 GW of capacity, including 5 GW of renewable energy projects, are under construction.


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