NTPC commissions 5MW solar plant in Port Blair

NTPC Ltd has commissioned and synchronised a 5-MW solar photo-voltaic power project in Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

It is the first Grid-connected Solar PV Project in these islands. It is also NTPC’s first greenfield renewable solar PV project.

Overcoming serious challenges, including lack skilled manpower, machinery and inclement weather conditions on the islands, NTPC commissioned the plant in a record six-and-a-half months. The project was executed by Photon Energy Systems over 10 hectares.

The power major is in the process of implementing several renewable energy projects in the country. A few of these projects are coming up in South India, including one near the NTPC Ramagundam thermal power project in Andhra Pradesh. In phase one of the project, the company plans to set up 10 MW of solar PV farm at Ramagundam and possibly later raise it to 25 MW.

NTPC is also working on wind farms in Karnataka and Kerala.


(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 31, 2013)

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