NTPC to complete 1GW Solar Park In India by March 2018
India’s largest power generation company — government-owned NTPC — is on track to complete one of the largest solar power parks in the country. NTPC Limited is working on a 1 GW solar park at Ananthapur, Andhra Pradesh, in southern India. The company has already allocated and commissioned 250 MW at the solar park and is expected to commission the balance of 750 MW by March 2018. The 250 MW capacity is already operational and was commissioned earlier this year by Tata Power Solar (100 MW), Lanco Solar, BHEL, and Sterling and Wilson (50 MW each). The Anantapuram ultra mega solar power project is planned to have a total capacity of 1.5 GW spread across two sites within the Anantapurum district. The second phase of the solar park will have 750 MW of capacity. Both the phases will be located at district Kunta. The balance of 500 MW capacity will come up at Galiveedu. Apart from this solar park, NTPC is working on several other similar projects in states across India, including Karnataka and Telangana, where solar parks of up to 5 GW in capacity are under construction.