NTPC to build India’s largest solar power project in Gujarat

NEW DELHI: State-run generation utility NTPC’s renewable energy arm will set up India’s single-largest solar photovoltaic project at Rann of Kutch at Khavada in Gujarat, the company said on Tuesday.
A company statement said NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd (NTPC REL) has received the renewable energy ministry’s nod to build the project with a capacity of up 4750 MW. NTPC REL will produce green hydrogen on a commercial scale from the park.
The solar project is part of the parent’s plan to transform itself from the country’s biggest coal burner into a green energy major. NTPC REL has plans to generate green hydrogen on a commercial scale from this park.
The NTPC project will be almost twice the capacity of the Bhadla solar park in Rajasthan, currently the largest single-location solar power project in the country.
NTPC has a target of building 60 GW (gigawatts) renewable energy capacity by 2032. The company now has 70 power plants with a total installed capacity of 66 GW and an additional 18 GW capacity is under construction.
NTPC has commissioned India’s largest floating solar power project of 10 MW on the reservoir at its Simhadri thermal power plant in Andhra Pradesh. An additional 15 MW would be commissioned by August.
Another floating solar project of 100 MW capacity on the reservoir of the Ramagundam thermal plant is in an advanced stage of implementation.