The world’s biggest solar power generation plant Ultra Mega Solar Park is all set to begin generation of 200 MW from April 30 at NP Kunta area of Anantapur and Kadapa. The proposed park has capacity of 1,500 MW and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) is establishing 1,000 MW solar power project in the park. In first phase, 250 MW will be set up and remaining 750 MW will be completed in second phase.
AP government energy secretary Mr Ajay Jain said that it would be the world’s biggest solar power park and government targeted to generate 4,000 mega watt solar power from plants being setup in Anantapur, Kadapa and Kurnool.
The park is proposed in area of 11,528 acres which includes 7,900 acres in Nambula Pula Kunta (NP. Kunta) mandal in Anantapur and 3,603 acres from Galiveedu mandal in Kadapa. Last year, the Andhra Pradesh Transco and NEDCAP had acquired 7,000 acres for this park at NP Kunta area and at Galiveedu, 70 percent of the government land i.e., 1,738.4 acres was already acquired by the APSPCL.
A 400/220 KV grid sub-station at NP Kunta was established by PGCIL (Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.) for external evacuation. In addition to this, AP Transco has also set up five kms long 220 KV line and pooling substations followed by PGCIL.
On behalf of APSPCL, AP Transco has been executing the work and the Ultra Solar Park would generate another 50 MW by August. In the second phase, 750 MWs of solar power is scheduled to be commissioned by 2017 April. This solar park would help to provide power to agriculture during the day time. According to the Transco officials, a total of Rs 15 crores would be spent for a period of five years under Corporate Social Responsibility.