NTPC forms renewable energy subsidiary

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October 9, 2020 3:15 AM

As much as 15,630 MW of coal-based plants are currently being constructed by NTPC.

Also, NTPC has recently floated separate tenders to acquire 1,000 MW of operational solar plants and build 1,070 MW solar plant in Rajasthan.Also, NTPC has recently floated separate tenders to acquire 1,000 MW of operational solar plants and build 1,070 MW solar plant in Rajasthan.

State-run power producer NTPC said on Thursday that it has incorporated NTPC Renewable Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary, which will focus on its green energy business. The decision of setting up a subsidiary for renewable energy comes at a time when the company, by name and predominantly a thermal player, plans to increase the share of renewable energy in its generation portfolio.

The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management and Niti Aayog had approved the formation of the separate renewable energy unit in August. Currently, the total installed capacity of the power behemoth stands at 62,910 mega-watt (MW), comprising 1,070 MW of renewable energy-based plants. Another 2,348 MW of renewable energy units are under various stages of construction. Also, NTPC has recently floated separate tenders to acquire 1,000 MW of operational solar plants and build 1,070 MW solar plant in Rajasthan.

As much as 15,630 MW of coal-based plants are currently being constructed by NTPC.

“We have taken the decision not to acquire any further land for green field thermal projects in near future and the focus will be on reducing the carbon foot print,” NTPC CMD Gurdeep Singh recently said in its latest annual general meeting. Discussions are also in progress with the state governments of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh for allocation of land parcels for projects under the Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Power Parks scheme.

With rising environmental concerns and falling tariffs of renewable energy, the largest thermal power producer in the country has decided to diversify its generation portfolio. By 2032, it plans to have a total power production capacity of 1,30,000 MW and 30% of this would be non-thermal energy based. In another 12 years, NTPC wants to have a base of 32,000 MW renewables, 5,000 MW hydro and another 2,000 MW of nuclear power plants.

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