New Delhi: NTPC has commissioned India’s largest floating solar PV project of 25 MW on the reservoir of its Simhadri thermal station in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
This project is the first solar project set up under the Flexibilisation Scheme, notified by the Government of India in the year 2019. This solar project installation has a unique anchoring design and is spread over 75 acres in an RW reservoir, which has the potential to generate electricity from more than 1 lakh solar PV modules. This would help to light not only to light around 7,000 households but also ensure at least 46,000 tons of CO2e kept at arm’s length every year during the lifespan of the project. It’s expected that the project will save 1,364 million litres of water per annum which is adequate for the minimum requirements of 6,700 households.
The 2000MW 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).