Solar PV deployment seems to be taking place all across Indias vast territory, with the Andaman & Nicobar Islands now the most recent area to welcome the clean energy technology. The tropical islands in the Bay of Bengal will not only be getting 50 MW of solar, but also a utility-scale energy storage system, to give the territory more sustainable and reliable electricity access.
According to Mercom Capital, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Andaman & Nicobar Administration, and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for the projects, which will be installed on the capital of the islands, Port Blair.
This particular MoU is for 50 MW of PV, but, according to NTPC, there will be 100 MW deployed on the islands. Previous to these projects, NTPC has already tendered 43 MW of solar in Andaman & Nicobar, so once these projects have all been realised, there should be 93 MW of PV deployed to the islands. The most recent 50 MW are expected to be commissioned by the end of the 2017-18 financial year.
The addition of the battery storage system is significant, as it will allow the islands to regulate the solar power generated from the systems, leading to a more reliable electricity supply. It will be added to the 322.5 MW of projects with energy storage that has already been tendered in India.