Indian coal mining invest not only on Solar PV, but wind … 100 MW!

NTPC ventures into wind energy, invites bids for 100 MW project

NEW DELHI: NTPC Ltd., the country’s biggest power generator, is entering the wind energy segment for the first time.

NTPC has invited bids from contractors to set up a 100 MW wind energy project — or two projects of 50 MW each — anywhere in India.

The state-owned company has invited bids from contractors to set up a 100 MW wind energy project or two projects of 50 MW each anywhere in India. The winner of the contract will implement the project from concept to the commissioning stage and subsequently monitor it, according to the document inviting bids. The deadline for submission of bids is June 14.

Renewable energy and hydro projects currently account for about 2 per cent of the 40,000 MW capacity that NTPC owns. It has 110 MW of solar plants and 1,200 MW under construction. It also has 800 MW of small hydroelectric plants with another 800 MW being set up.Although the company has been considering entering wind for a few years, including projects in Chhattisgarh and Karnataka, this is the first time the effort is taking off.

NTPC’s 360 MW Solar PV “Coal Mining” Investments

Following table illustrates the Solar PV investments of NTPC Limited

Sr.No. Project State/UT Capacity
1 Dadri Solar PV Uttar Pradesh 05 MW
2 Portblair Solar PV Andaman & Nicobar Island 05 MW
3 Ramagundam Solar PV Telangana 10 MW
4 Talcher Kaniha Odisha 10 MW
5 Faridabad Solar PV Hariyana 05 MW
6 Unchahar Solar PV Uttar Pradesh 10 MW
7 Rajgarh Solar PV Madhya Pradesh 50 MW
8 Singrauli Solar PV Uttar Pradesh 15 MW
9 Ananthpuram Solar PV (under construction) Andhra Pradesh 250 MW
Total   360 MW

About NTPC Limited

NTPC Limited (previously known as National Thermal Power Corporation Limited) is an Indian central Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under the Ministry of Power, Government of India, engaged in the business of generation of electricity and allied activities. It is a company incorporated under the Companies Act 1956 and a “Government Company” within the meaning of the act. The headquarters of the company is situated at New Delhi. NTPC’s core business is generation and sale of electricity to state-owned power distribution companies and State Electricity Boards in India. The company also undertakes consultancy and turnkey project contracts that involve engineering, project management, construction management and operation and management of power plants.The company has also ventured into oil and gas exploration and coal mining activities. It is the largest power company in India with an electric power generating capacity of 45,548 MW. Although the company has approx. 16% of the total national capacity it contributes to over 25% of total power generation due to its focus on operating its power plants at higher efficiency levels (approx. 80.2% against the national PLF rate of 64.5%).[5]
It was founded by Government of India in 1975, which now holds 74.96% of its equity shares on 30.09.2015 (after divestment of its stake in 2004, 2010, 2013, and 2014)
In May 2010, NTPC was conferred Maharatna status by the Union Government of India. It is ranked 424th in the Forbes Global 2000 for 2014

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