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NTPC commissions first solar power plant

According to reports, even as ambitious plans of Noida and Greater Noida discoms to establish non-conventional energy projects are yet to take shape, NTPC-Dadri is all set to begin operations of a 5MW solar power plant by the end of this month. The solar plant, built at a cost of Rs 48.59 crore, will be the first non-conventional energy project of the district. With its commissioning, the Dadri unit of NTPC will also be the first non-conventional energy project from several such works undertaken by the public sector utility in the entire country.

The plant is estimated to generate around 7.26 million units of power annually and will reduce 0.82 metric tonnes of carbon emissions per megawatt-hour of power produced. NTPC had hired Wipro for the supply of equipment and building of the plant.

Plans for similar environmental-friendly power projects by Noida Authority and Noida Power Company Limited (NPCL), the discom of Greater Noida, have remained on paper. The 1MW solar project proposed by NPCL nearly two years back is yet to enter construction phase, while the board of Noida Authority recently cleared a plan for setting up a 1MW solar plant at the junction of Sectors 135-152.

NTPC’s solar project is a photovoltaic-based plant and is located within the campus of its existing power project in Dadri. “The power plant is at present under trial. Commercial supply of electricity will begin before the end of March,” said DK Sood, general manager, NTPC-Dadri.

According to NTPC, though it has undertaken work on a number of solar power projects in different parts of the country including two more plants in Uttar Pradesh, work on the Dadri project had been expedited to complete it by March. As part of its foray into generation of renewable energy, NTPC has also undertaken a number of wind energy, hydro energy and geo-thermal energy projects across the country. Over 15 renewable energy projects are in various stages of completion. “The Dadri project will be the first in the list of non-conventional energy projects commissioned by NTPC,” said Sood.

NTPC said that electricity generated from the solar project will be sold to Odisha-based public sector power purchasing company GRIDCO. The company will buy solar power as part of the state’s obligation to purchase a certain quantity of renewable energy from among the total quantity of energy purchased by it in accordance with the provisions of the Electricity Act, 2003.

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