National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has announced it will set up 50MW solar projects with Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at different locations in Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
This is being undertaken by NTPC as a part of its green commitment to the Government of India. The company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Andaman and Nicobar administration, as well as the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
Currently, the power demands of the islands are fulfilled by 42 power houses. Some of these are hydro-electric plants, while the remaining are solar.
There is no single power grid for the islands due to their geographical distance from the mainland and their topography.
This project is the second for the area. Last August, NLC India also invited expressions of interest to develop a 20MW (AC) grid interactive PV solarpower project featuring BESS at Attampahad in Port Blair.
Image: MoU signing event. Photo: Courtesy of NTPC