NEW DELHI: The Andaman & Nicobar Islands – long fabled among holidaymakers for legendary beaches, world-class diving and far-flung location in the middle of nowhere, will soon have something else to boast of – the country's first city-scale battery storage solar power plants.
India's largest generation utility NTPC will set up two solar storage plants with a total capacity of 25 mega watt in the main island of Port Blair as part of the Narendra Modi government's bid to rid the tourist hotspot of polluting diesel generators, its main source of power at present.
The size of the storage solar power plants in Andamans will open a new avenue for bringing 24X7 power supply to remote locations, a key promise made by the Narendra Modi government. At present, some remote villages in Ladakh and other hill states have storage solar power plants but they are miniscule in comparison with capacities ranging between 11kw and 125kw.
The storage solar power plan comes in the backdrop of Petronet LNG's ongoing discussions with the Andaman administration for a floating facility to import liquid gas for converting generators to the less-polluting fuel.