NHPC Limited, hasproposed to develop an ultra-mega solar park with a capacity of 600 MW in the Deoria district of Uttar Pradesh. This plan was discussed at a joint stakeholder session held in collaboration with the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI). The technical feasibility of the projects was discussed as NHPC called for the cooperation of the Uttar Pradesh state government and the Uttar Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Limited (UPTCL) for the construction of the plant. It was also reported that a two-month survey and investigation of the topography and soil conditions will be required before leasing the land. The proposed solar park will be developed in a joint venture of the NHPCL with the Uttar Pradesh Government or a special purpose vehicle (SPV). However, the go-ahead for the project will only be after assessing the viability of the project. The solar park is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 or early 2023.
NHPCL announced in June 2020 that it would diversify the company’s business by taking up solar projects across the country. NSEFI stated that it would offer its support in helping NHPCL achieve its solar energy goals which will eventually contribute to the national target of 100 GW of solar capacity by 2022. In July 2020, the company signed a memorandum of understanding with the Green Energy Development Corporation of Odisha Limited (GEDCOL) to form a joint venture for developing 500 MW of floating solar projects in the state of Odisha. In August 2020, the NHPC had invited expressions of interest to lease 3,000 acres of land to set up a solar capacity of 600 MW. The company, in October 2020 had floated a tender for the development of 100 MW of solar capacity in Rajasthan. The company currently has 50 MW of solar projects in operation in Tamil Nadu and another 10 MW of floating solar projects across the country.