India: NTPC commissions further 20 MW of solar at Bhadla

The winning tariff is for 250 MW of solar capacity in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), the Indian state-run power producer, announced on Thursday that it had commissioned another 20 MW of solar PV capacity for the Bhadla Solar Power park, a week after completing 25 MW of solar earlier this month.

Including today’s additional 20 MW of new solar, the commissioned capacity of Bhadla Solar Power project has now reached 205 MW. In February, NTPC finalized the completion of 115 MW capacity at the plant, which will have an eventual capacity of 260 MW once complete.

Previously, an NTPC official told Mercom Capital Group that the entire capacity of 260 MW had been divided into four projects of 65 MW each, and developers can break down their project capacities into blocks of 5 MW for commissioning purposes.

The entire plant is expected to be commissioned by the end of April 2017.

NTPC is on the way to diversifying its fuel mix by 2032, including a non-fossil fuel generation share of nearly 30%.

According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, NTPC has a portfolio of 565 MW of commissioned solar projects, with an additional 305 MW to be commissioned by the end of March 2017.

Although the country’s solar capacity tripled in three years to rise beyond 10 GW, India’s long-term goal is to reach 100 GW of solar PV by 2022, and commissioning new capacities for the Bhadla project is yet another sign that the nation is on the right track.