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India’s NTPC Expands Andhra Pradesh Solar Park To 250 MW

First phase of one of India’s largest solar power parks has now been commissioned.

India’s largest power generating company – NTPC Limited has announced commissioning of 50 MW of solar power project at Anantapuram solar park in the state of Andhra Pradesh. With the commissioning of 50 MW solar project, the phase-I of the solar park is fully operational. 200 MW capacity at the solar power park was operationalised in May 2016.

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 capacity. Both the phases will be located at district Kunta. The balance 500 MW capacity shall come up at Galiveedu.

Last year, Tata Power Solar was awarded 100 MW capacity while Lanco Solar, BHEL and Sterling and Wilson were awarded 50 MW capacity each. Entire 250 MW capacity under Phase-I is now commissioned successfully. The phase-II is expected to be operational by April next year.

The solar power park is among the several similar projects being set up by NTPC Limited. With the commissioning of 50 MW solar project at solar park, NTPC’s installed power projects capacity reached 47,228 MW.  The Indian government has launched an ultra mega solar power projects scheme that will see around 20 GW commissioned.