State-owned power firm NTPC will set up solar projects totalling 50 MW with battery storage system at different locations in Port Blair in Andaman & Nicobar. “As part of green commitment given to the government of India, NTPC shall be setting up solar power projects of 50 MW capacity with battery energy storage system at different locations in Port Blair in Andaman & Nicobar Islands,” NTPC said in a release.
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A memorandum of understanding among NTPC, the Andaman & Nicobar administration and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to this effect was signed on October 20, 2016. The power generated from these solar plants is expected to contribute to higher renewable energy deployment and greening of A&N islands.
NTPC group’s total installed capacity stands at 47,228 MW, which includes 800 MW of hydro and 360 MW of solar generation capacity. Various projects with an aggregate capacity of around 24,000 MW are under implementation at 23 locations across length and breadth of the country.
This includes 4,050 MW being undertaken by joint venture and subsidiary companies. Out of the total capacity under implementation, 1,329 MW is based on diversified sources of renewable energy.
The company is quickly moving towards its ambition of achieving a solar portfolio of 10 GW out of the 100 GW target of the government by 2022. Over 1,700 MW renewable energy projects of the company are under execution.