National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) announced that the 8 MW solar energy generation capacity at its Auraiya project in Uttar Pradesh has been made commercially operational. The remaining 12 MW solar capacity under implementation is expected to be operational by March 2021.
“Consequent upon successful commissioning, 8 MW part capacity of 20 MW Auraiya Solar PV Project at Auraiya, UP, has been declared on Commercial Operation with effect from 10 November, 2020,” NTPC said in a BSE filing.
The present installed capacity of NTPC Group comprises 46 NTPC stations, of which 24 are coal- based, 7 combined cycle gas/liquid fuel, 1 hydro, and 14 renewable energy projects. Besides, it has 25 Joint ventures (JV) and subsidiaries stations.
It should be recalled that Uttar Pradesh New & Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) had a provision to install Solar Farm (Park) promulgated by state in solar energy policy 2013. Under the above-mentioned provision in the state in solar energy policy solar farm (park) where several grid connections based on solar electricity production plant capacity can be varied, with electric drainage infrastructure system is proposed to be developed.
Under the solar park project of the Government of India 600 MW solar park will be developed in the state. Installation of the solar park will be done in Jalaun, Etah, Mirzapur, Allahabad and Jhansi district. Development and management of solar parks is designated to state agency which is UPNEDA and shall be made by the joint venture with nodal agency Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) of the Government of India. The percentage of share would be 50-50 in the joint venture of UPNEDA and SECI.
In addition to the proposed land development in solar park established evacuation of electricity produced by Solar Power Plant all the infrastructure arrangements will be available. For setting up solar park project VGF (Viability Gap Funding) based bidding will be made.
Uttar Pradesh government has set a target of producing 10,700 MW renewable energy by 2022.