NTPC Ltd. (NTPC) more than doubled its
solar capacity to 75 megawatts as India’s largest electricity
generator seeks to diversify its portfolio of conventional power
plants to help overcome fuel shortages.
Three new solar plants comprising 45 megawatts of capacity
are ready for commercial operation, the company said today in a
filing. The projects are at Faridabad in Haryana state, Unchahar
in Uttar Pradesh and Rajgarh in Madhya Pradesh.
The utility, which has 43,000 megawatts of mostly coal-fired capacity, has been forced to increase its purchases of
expensive coal imports due to domestic fuel shortages. It plans
to develop 1,000 megawatts of renewables by 2017.
NTPC also completed a 10-megawatt photovoltaic project in
Talcher in eastern Odisha state this month, according to an e-mail. That plant will sell its power under a long-term contract
to the Damodar Valley Corp., the grid that connects the state
electricity boards of Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha states.
NTPC has also built three solar plants in the Andaman and
Nicobar islands, Dadri in Uttar Pradesh and Ramagundam in Andhra
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