State-owned engineering major Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has won power generator NTPC’s order for setting up a 25 MW floating solar plant on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis in Andhra Pradesh. The plant—to be set up at investment of over Rs100 crore—will come up on the raw water reservoir of NTPC Ltd’s Simhadri Thermal Power Plant.
Notably, this is BHEL’s second floating solar project for NTPC Ltd, the earlier being India’s largest floating solar PV plant of 100 MW at NTPC Ramagundam in Telangana.
With this order, BHEL has emerged as the largest EPC player in the floating solar segment in India with a portfolio of 130 MW, which includes 5 MW grid-connected project for The West Bengal Power Development Corporation (WBPDC) at Sagardighi Thermal Power Plant.
BHEL offers EPC solutions for both off-grid and grid-interactive solar PV plants at various locations throughout India, including the Lakshadweep islands. Currently, it has a portfolio of more than 1 GW of solar PV plants, of which nearly 500 MW has already been commissioned.
Engaged in developing and promoting renewable energy for over three decades, BHEL has further strengthened its presence in the SPV segment with the enhancement of its state-of-the-art manufacturing lines of solar cells and solar modules. It has developed PV products ranging from solar inverters and solar passive trackers in addition to solar PV cells and modules.