Power Ministry, AP to sign up for `Power for All scheme`

V. Rishi Kumar Hyderabad | Updated on March 12, 2018

NTPC, SECI to ink pack with State for solar parks

The Union Power Ministry and Andhra Pradesh Government are poised to enter into an agreement later during the week under the Power for All Scheme coinciding with 100 days of N. Chandrababu Naidu assuming office as the State Chief Minister.

Andhra Pradesh is among few states chosen under the power for all scheme which seeks to provide 24x7 power supply to all sections in the State. The State Chief Minister earlier announced that from October 2 the State would have round the clock power.

The State Government has also initiated a series of steps to augment additional power. This includes development of about 9000 MW through renewable energy sector by 2018-19, with NTPC agreeing to develop a 1000 MW solar park in the State at Anantapur district.

Arup Roy Choudhary, MD of NTPC and Rajendra Nimje, MD of Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited are expected to be here in Hyderabad during the signing of the memorandum for development of new projects in the State.

NTPC has also revived its plans to develop a 4000 MW power project, its first such ultra mega power project at Pudimadaka near Visakhapatnam. While the State Government has agreed to allot land, fuel linkage is still a big issue.

The State Government is also expected to sign up with Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) for a 2500 MW solar power park in the State.

According to Ajay Jain, State Energy Secretary, 1200 acres of land at Pudimadaka has been handed over to NTPC, which has the 4000 MW project in pipeline from several years. The State Chief Minister has also approved 1000 MW solar park to be set up by NTPC.

Published on September 14, 2014

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