NTPC switches on 162 MW solar in Tamil Nadu


NTPC, India’s largest power producer, has commissioned 162.27 MW solar capacity in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. The plant is the first part capacity of NTPC’s 230 MW solar project at Ettayapuram in the Thoothukudi district. The project started commercial operation with effect from December 10, 2022.

The Ettayapuram plant is spread over about 900 acres of land and uses about 1.05 million solar panels of Indian origin. Larsen & Toubro is the EPC contractor for the project. Drone-based digital technologies were used for surveillance and monitoring during the plant construction. 

The project is supplying power to Telangana discoms. “The power generated from the plant is being evacuated from the NTPC solar plant to Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd’s Tuticorin-II, gas-insulated substation through a 19 km long, 230 kV transmission line built by NTPC,” stated NTPC. 

NTPC expects to commission the remaining 67.73 MW of the project this week.

NTPC is developing the Ettayapuram solar PV project under the Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) Scheme of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. It won the project in a viability gap funding (VGF) based competitive auction by the Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) in 2019. Larsen & Toubro is setting up the project under EPC with land mode, wherein it is also arranging the land required for the project.

The project employs solar cells and modules made in India as per the Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) clause of the CPSU Scheme and receives VGF from MNRE.

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