NTPC Ltd on 30 March 2013 commissioned a 5-MW solar photo-voltaic power project at Port Blair in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
The new solar photo voltaic power project is the first grid-connected project in these islands and also the first greenfield renewable solar PV project of NTPC.
The project was commissioned in record time of six-and-half months sweeping over serious challenges like skilled manpower and machinery and inclement weather conditions.
The project was basically executed by Photon energy Systems. Skilled manpower and equipment were arranged from the mainland through road, rail and sea route.
Around 10 hectares of land was given by the Andaman & Nicobar Island Administration on lease to NTPC at Garacharma Hills Village in Port Blair in September 2012 for setting up the project.
In Phase I, NTPC it is planning to set up a 10-MW solar PV farm at Ramagundam and possibly take it to 25 MW.
The prime emphasis of the company is on renewable energy sector, covering solar and wind power farms. In the Southern part of India, it is working on setting up wind farms in Karnataka and Kerala.