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NTPC commissions India’s biggest floating solar power project

PM Narendra Modi has been focusing on issues on climate change (Photo: IANS)

Public sector giant National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC ) Ltd,  has commissioned the largest floating solar PV project of 25MW on the reservoir of its Simhadri thermal station at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

The floating solar installation which has a unique anchoring design is spread over 75 acres in a reserve water 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 a reduction of at least 46,000 tons of CO2e every year during the lifespan of this project. 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.

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 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.

The group has over 17 GW of capacity under construction, including 5 GW of renewable energy projects. Uninterrupted supply of electricity through environment-friendly energy projects at affordable prices has been the hallmark of NTPC.