State-run power producer NTPC has announced it has commissioned the first part capacity of 70 MW out of an 85 MW ground-mounted solar project at Bilhaur in Uttar Pradesh. It declared the project’s commercial operation date as March 28, 2021.
NTPC had won the capacity at an INR 3.02/kWh tariff in an auction by Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Agency (UPNEDA) in December 2018. It will sell the power produced from the project to Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd.
NTPC already has a 140 MW solar project commissioned at Bilhaur.
With the latest addition, the commissioned as well as commercial power-producing capacity of NTPC and NTPC group has become 51,725 MW and 64,490 MW, respectively, read a statement by NTPC.
NTPC plans to become a 130 GW company by the year 2032. In line with the global trend towards renewables, which is a cleaner source of energy, it plans to achieve 32 GW of this capacity through renewables or 25% of its overall power portfolio at the beginning of the next decade.
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