NTPC Commissions 115 MW Solar Bhadla

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has commissioned projects aggregating 115 MW at the Bhadla Solar Power Project being developed in Rajasthan. The NTPC, through a Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) filing, announced the commissioning of 115 MW out of the 260 MW project being developed.

The entire capacity of 260 MW had been divided into four projects of 65 MW each. The 115 MW includes partially commissioned projects, stated a NTPC official. Each developer can break down their project capacities into blocks of 5 MW for commissioning purposes. There has yet to be a fully commissioned project of 65 MW. The entire 260 MW is expected to be commissioned by the end of April 2017, stated another NTPC official.

According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, this project is being developed under the NTPC self-owned projects program. Vikram Solar won bids to construct two projects of 65 MW each by bidding a tariff of Rs.0.05628 billion (~$839,586)/MW; Tata Power and Jackson Engineers are developing one project apiece (each project is 65 MW) by bidding a tariff of Rs.56.4 billion (~$809,750)/MW and Rs.56.34 billion (~$840,482)/MW respectively.

The capacity had been tendered in May, 2015.

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