Solana, a technology majored by Abengoa, the engineering major from Spain is set to commence power generation in Arizona in Texas in USA. The project will generate 280 MW of solar power for the first time using energy storage using molten salts. When the sun is out full blast, the solar farm can produce heat and pumps some of that into the molten salt tanks. The project has received investment of USD 2 billion and also a controversial US State Department of Energy guarantee. With this technology, solar power can provide continuous supply of power through the night.
NTPC is setting up a 5 MW solar PV plant in Port Blair in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The company has awarded the contract to Photon Energy and the work will commence by April 2012. NTPC has recently completed installation of a series of DG sets of different capacities at Katchal Island, Teressa, Rangat Bay, Car Nicobar and Hut Bay, apart from strengthening high tension switchgear at Chatham Power House.
EMC Ltd, a Kolkatta based company had set up a 5 MW solar power plant in Naini near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. The project cost is estimated at Rs. 800 million. The company was awarded the contract by NTPC Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd. This is the first solar power project to go operational in Uttar Pradesh