NTPC now operating 35 MW portion of 56 MW Kawas solar project


State-owned NTPC has switched on a total of 35 MW of its 56 MW Kawas solar project in the Surat district of Gujarat, following the recent commissioning of a 15 MW section of the array.

In May, NTPC switched on the first 20 MW section of the project. The company is developing the 56 MW Kawas solar project under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) Scheme Phase II. It won the project through viability gap funding (VGF) competitive bidding, in an auction conducted by Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) in 2019.

Vikram Solar is handling engineering, procurement, and construction duties. The project is a mix of 33 MW ground-mounted arrays and 23 MW floating solar installations that are being developed within the existing NTPC Kawas gas-based power station. According to the conditions of the CPSU Scheme, the project uses domestically made PV modules and cells. It also receives VGF support from the MNRE.

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