Ultra Mega solar park coming up in Uttar Pradesh, thanks to NHPC

Hydropower major, gearing up to develop 600 Megawatt (MW) ultra-mega park in Deoria district of . The site where the project will be developed is an island with Ghaghra river flowing from both its sides.

It will be developed in a joint venture with the UP government or special purpose vehicle mode. However, a final decision would be taken after assessing the viability of the project.

A K Singh, Chief managing director, in in a virtual event on Wednesday said “ is planning to develop a park of 600-MW capacity in Deoria district of . We are actively examining cooperation with the UP government as well as UPTCL to make this park a reality.”

The 600 MW ultra-mega solar project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 or beginning of 2023 and

The land for the mega solar project will be taken on long term lease basis and the time required to carry out survey and investigation would be two months, said B P Rao, general manager, NHPC.

Nearest 400 kV substations are at Kasara in Mau and Rasra in Balia, about 45 kilometre from the site,

NHPC further said that the grid connectivity and power evacuation would be finalised by Uttar Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation after carrying out the necessary studies. In the coming months it will conduct a more detailed survey of the topography and the soil conditions and appraise the developers.

Currently the hydropower major has an installation base of 7,071.2 MW from 24 power stations on ownership basis including projects taken up in joint venture.