NTPC commissions 35 MW Floating Solar Project in Kayamkulam

May 23, 2022 12:12 PM ET
  • The very first part capacity of 22 MW was already proclaimed commercial operation on 31 March 2022.
  • The complete price of this entire floating solar project is Rs 465 crore and employs some 2.16 lakh solar panels mounted on floaters in the lake.

State had power manufacturer NTPC has announced that consequent upon successful commissioning, 2nd part capacity of 35 MW out of 92 MW Kayamkulam Floating Solar PV Project at Kayamkulam, Kerala, is stated on commercial procedure w.e.f. 06:00 Hrs. of 19 May 2022.

As per the announcement, the very first part capacity of 22 MW was currently stated commercial operation w.e.f. 13:00 Hrs. of 31 March 2022. With this, 57 MW of the 92 MW project has been commissioned.

The fresh addition of power has taken the standalone installed and commercial capacity of NTPC to a massive 54651.68 MW. The group set up and commercial capacity of NTPC has actually also become 69016.68 and also 68356.68 MW respectively.

The work of the particular project in Kayamkulam was granted to Tata Power Solar as well as Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL). Tata Power will be setting up 70 MW worth of floating solar energy panels while BHEL needs to construct the facility of 22 MW. As per the authorities of the NTPC, the capacity installation carried out by Tata Power Solar will be full by June, 2022. As per the reports, the full scale power manufacturing in the floating solar energy project will begin by July this year just.

The floating solar energy project by NTPC is already running behind schedule. Based on the preliminary preparation of the power generator, the project was to come to be operational in 2021. The key obstacle in the timely conclusion of the floating solar PV was delay in imports of solar cells from China. Once the deliveries of Chinese cells resumed, the project acquired speed.

The 92 MW project is constructed on lakes simply on the side of Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Project (RGCCP) of NTPC. An agreement was authorized years ago between NTPC as well as Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) to acquire power from the floating solar energy plant at a price of Rs 3.16 per unit.

The overall expense of this entire floating solar project is Rs 465 crore and also utilizes some 2.16 lakh solar panels installed on floaters in the lake. After Ramagundam in Telangana which has a capacity of 100 MW, this is the second biggest floating solar power project of NTPC, as well as additionally for India.

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