India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has approved the setting up of a 4.75 GW solar park by state-run power producer NTPC in the Indian State of Gujarat. The solar park will be India’s largest when completed. It shall be located at Rann of Kutch—a saline desert near Khavada village of the Kutch district.
NTPC Renewable Energy, an arm of NTPC, received the go-ahead from the MNRE to set up the solar park under Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Power Park Scheme. NTPC Renewable Energy also plans to generate green hydrogen on a commercial scale from this park.
The 4.75 GW solar capacity will reportedly be part of the massive 30 GW hybrid renewable energy park coming up in Kutch at an investment of about 1.5 lakh crore rupees.
When completed, the 30 GW park will be the world’s largest hybrid renewable energy park spread over 72,600 hectares in Kutch, an area as big as Singapore or Bahrain, according to an earlier release by MNRE.
NTPC’s renewables march
NTPC, a coal-dominated power producer, aims to build 60 GW renewable energy capacity by 2032 as part of its commitment to sustainable power generation and safeguarding the environment. Currently, it has an installed capacity of 66 GW across 70 power projects with an additional 18 GW under construction.
The power producer commissioned India’s largest floating solar plant of 10 MW (AC) on the reservoir of Simhadri Thermal Power Plant, Andhra Pradesh, recently. An additional 15 MW (AC) would be commissioned by August 2021.
Further, a 100 MW floating solar project on the reservoir of Ramagundam Thermal Power Plant, Telangana, is in the advanced stage of implementation.
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