The National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd’s Kawas has reportedly become the first power unit in Gujarat to install 1 megawatt grid-connected floating solar project, which is alleged to be commissioned in April 2019.

Debashish Das, Director at NTPC Kawas, said in a statement that the work to begin installing the grid-connected floating solar project on Kawas campus had been in progress for the past six months and is finally nearing completion. The project is all geared up to be commissioned in April 2019, which will apparently be the state of Gujarat’s first floating solar power project, stated Das.

Das further stated that in the near future, additional solar power project of 40 megawatts and waste-to-energy project of 12 megawatts are likely to be commissioned at NTPC, which will add to the corporation’s solar power generation capacity.

Reportedly, NTPC inked an MoU with Surat Municipal Corporation for establishing the waste-to-energy plant at NTPC for converting around 1,000 metric tons of organic waste to energy. Regarding the energy-to-waste plant, the work is in progress and would be completed soon.

In the meantime, NTPC will need around 1,000 MT of organic waste per day to ensure smooth operation of the plant, Das added.

A few days ago, NTPC also issued a tender for the operation and maintenance of power evacuation systems of Madhya Pradesh’s Rajgarh solar project for two years, cited sources. The cost estimate for the work equals INR 3.73 million and April 1, 2019, will be the last date for companies to make their bids, while technical bids will open on April 3, 2019.  The scope of work is said to include operation and maintenance, or erection and commissioning of switchyard equipment, and overhead bays, according to sources with the knowledge of the matter.

Lately, the corporation has issued multiple tenders for the enlistment of the inverter-transformer, EPC firms for building floating and other solar projects, solar module manufacturers and suppliers, reported sources.