India has yet another reason to rejoice as its largest public sector power producer NTPC achieved a major milestone of becoming a 50,000 Mega Watt (MW) plus company.
“Proud to announce that NTPC has crossed 50,000 MW of installed power generation capacity today. Another milestone towards 24X7 power for all,” Union Minister of State (I/C) for Power, RE, Coal and Mines Mr Piyush Goyal tweeted on Friday.
Power ministry officials said that this milestone was achieved after the 500 MW capacity at NTPC’s Unchahar power plant at Rae Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, was added to the grid.
NTPC has been consistently commissioning a series of power projects including solar, wind, and thermal, which continues to be its mainstay portfolio.
The company had recently commissioned a 55 MW of Bhadla Solar Power Project in Rajasthan after which, the installed capacity of Bhadla Solar Power project became 260 MW and that of NTPC’s solar power projects at 620 MW. NTPC has planned capacity addition of about 1,000 MW through renewable resources by 2017.
Under implementation are projects including the 50 MW Solar PV at Anantpur in Andhra Pradesh, 260 MW Solar PV at Bhadla in Rajasthan, 250 MW Solar PV at Mandsar in Madhya Pradesh and 8 MW Small Hydro Projects.
The total installed capacity of NTPC on standalone basis has become 43,532 MW and that of NTPC group after the Unchahar 500 MW unit, has become 50,498 MW. This includes 800 MW of hydro and 620 MW of solar energy.
Various projects of NTPC with an aggregate capacity of over 20,000 MW are under implementation at 23 locations across the country.
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