National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) will develop a 1.5-gigawatt solar park at Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh.
According to reports, the Union government has accorded sanction to the new project which will take the south Indian state a step closer to meeting its solar capacity target of 5 gigawatts.
NTPC is to invite bids for the project in two months and the project is expected to be completed by March 2017.
Earlier, the central government had sanctioned two other solar parks in Andhra Pradesh — one in Anantapur and the other in Kurnool.
Work is under way on 250 megawatt of the 1 gigawatt project at Anantapur. And tender for development of the remaining 750 megawatts is expected by end of the month.
For the Kurnool solar park, bids have been invited for thirteen 50-megawatt units and one 350-megawatt unit. The bids are to be opened on August 22 and 24.
Further, AP Genco is set to begin work on a 500-MW solar park.
Ajith Kumar S