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NTPC targets 1000 MW renewable energy capacity addition by 2017

According to reports, India’s largest state-run power producer National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) – which plans to provide green power – has initiated evaluation of conventional and alternate sources of energy to promote clean energy.

NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Arup Roy Choudhury said the company has formulated its business plan of capacity addition of about 1,000 MW through renewable resources by 2017.

“We have already commissioned 10 MW Solar PV Projects and another 85 MW Solar PV while 8 MW small hydro projects are under implementation. About 70 MW solar projects are under tendering process. In the long run, by 2032, about 9 per cent of the installed capacity is expected to be based on renewable sources of energy,” explained Choudhary.

The company has an ambitious capacity expansion plan with a diversified fuel-mix which will include coal, gas, hydro, renewable and nuclear energy for the 12th Plan period (2012-17).

The target is to add 14,038 MW capacity, out of which over 4,170 MW has already been commissioned.

“In the long-term, NTPC plans to become a 1,28,000 MW company in terms of installed capacity, with 28 per cent power generation from non-fossil fuel sources such as renewable, hydro and nuclear,” Roy Choudhury adds.

Over the years, there has been growing concern in thermal power stations about the emission levels of greenhouse gases (GHG), particularly carbondioxide.

“Among developing countries, India is the focus. Therefore, we have taken some stringent precautions to protect the environment around plants,” said the NTPC CMD.

The state-run company has introduced technology such as the SMART 24×7 fleet-wide monitoring system, which connects all units at NTPC generating stations, and even allows the NTPC headquarters to monitor the efficiency of plants.

NTPC is setting up its future projects based on high efficiency, low emission super critical and ultra-super critical tech-nology of 660 and 800 MW unit sizes.

“Three units of 660 MW based on this clean technology are already under commercial operation at our Sipat Project and many more are under construction and various stages of development. We have created green wealth of about 19 million trees in and around our power plants,” the CMD said.

Roy Choudhury is very optimistic that despite the major challenges, NTPC will meet its targets. “We work in a situation marked by inadequate domestic fuel supply, poor financial health of state utilities, high AT& C (aggregate technical and commercial) losses and delays in land acquisition and environmental clearances,” the NTPC CMD said.

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