NTPC Limited has established a 100 MW floating solar power plant at Ramagundam, Peddapalli district in Telangana. The plant has been completely commissioned with the commercial operation of the final capacity of 20 MW. The entire project spans over 500 acres. The project has been completed with the support of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited under an engineering, procurement, and construction contract.
The plant is built across a reservoir of NTPC’s thermal power plant. The project is expected to conserve around 165,000 tonnes of coal and mitigate 210,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. Also, the floating solar project is expected to save around 32.5 million cubic meters of water each year. According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the project is divided into 40 blocks of 2.5 MW each. Each block is made up of one floating platform and 11,200 solar modules. The floating platform is made up of one inverter, one transformer, and one HT breaker.
In July 2022, NTPC Limited released a request for proposals from eligible vendors for the operations and maintenance of solar power plants up to 50 MW. The selected vendor will be responsible to execute breakdown maintenance, maintenance checks, and overhauls of the solar plants. The work duties shall comprise operation, maintenance, and housekeeping for the entire solar project. The bid submission deadline is August 11, 2022.
In the same month, NTPC Limited issued a tender for the supply, installation, and commissioning of solar cold storage units in Senegal, Djibouti, Sudan, and Seychelles. Only bidders from International Solar Alliance member countries were eligible to participate. As part of this tender 5 MT solar-based cold storage systems are to be set up in Senegal, 2X2 MT in Djibouti, 5 MT in Sudan, and 5 MT in Seychelles.