India installs largest floating solar plant to date

Indian clean power developer Adtech System Ltd has commissioned a 500 kW floating solar plant at the Banasura Sagar Reservoir in the Wayanad District in the northeastern Indian state of Kerala, the India Times has reported.

The layout of the solar plant comprises solar panels installed on 18 floating platforms made of Ferrocement floaters, with hollow insides. The overall cost of the installation is INR 92.5 million ($1.42 million).

The solar plant floats on 6,000m2 of water surface, and is the largest floating solar plant in India, said Manoharan P, the assistant executive engineer at the Kerala Sate Electricity Board (KSEB) research and dam safety sub-division, Thariyode.

The estimated 7,50,000 kWh annual generation of clean electricity will be fed to the KSEB grid using underwater cables.

“We have set up a floating substation on the reservoir to convert the output into 11kV considering all economic and safety aspects,” said Raveendran T Nair, vice-president (projects) of Adtech Systems Ltd.