NTPC exploring solar power projects in UP
Public sector power generation major NTPC Limited is exploring solar energy projects in Uttar Pradesh to boost its green energy profile and meet renewable energy targets. Giving a major thrust for green and clean energy, the Maharatna company is targeting to achieve 10,000 MW of renewable energy by 2022. At present, 360 mw of solar photovoltaic power plants have been proposed by NTPC spanning UP, Telangana, Odisha, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. UP comprises only 30 mw of these projects coming up in Dadri (5 mw), Unchahar (10 mw) and Singrauli (15 mw). “We want to set up more solar projects in UP. To begin with, we are exploring the possibility of utilising the land at our existing thermal power plants in the state apart from setting up rooftop solar power plants at our stations,” said NTPC Regional Executive Director (North) Saptarshi Roy. He informed NTPC was holding discussions with the various state governments in this regard, including UP. For individual solar power plants, the company requires land and talks would be held with the UP government, he said.