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State-run electricity producer NTPC Limited began commercial operations at India's largest floating solar PV project at its Simhadri thermal station in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on Saturday. The project was declared open after commissioning a 15 MW floating solar project, taking the total installed capacity at the facility to 25 MW.

“Consequent upon successful commissioning of 15 MW capacity, Simhadri Floating Solar PV Project at Simhadri, Andhra Pradesh is hereby declared on commercial operation w.e.f. 10:00 AM of August 21, 2021," NTPC said in a statement.

With this the standalone installed capacity of NTPC now stands at 53,475MW, whereas its commercial capacity is now 52,425 MW. The total installed capacity of the NTPC group is now 66,900 MW, while the commercial capacity is 65,850 MW.

The floating solar project is the to be set up under the Flexibilisation Scheme, notified by the Government of India in 2018. The floating solar installation with an unique anchoring design is spread over 75 acres in an RW reservoir.

“This floating solar project has 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," said Ministry of Power in a statement.

“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," it added.

The ministry said that NTPC is also planning to set up a hydrogen-based micro-grid system on a pilot basis at its Simhadri power plant.

With a total installed capacity of 66,900 MW, NTPC Group now has 71 power stations including 29 renewable projects. The group has over 17 GW of capacity under construction, including 5 GW of renewable energy projects.

The public sector power company has set a target to install 60 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).

 

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