India’s largest floating solar power plant to go online by June


India could have its largest floating solar plant of 100 MW operational in the next two-three months. 

The floating solar plant is coming upon the Sri Ram Sagar Project reservoir [across Godavari river] that meets NTPC Ramagundam site’s water requirements in Telangana. It spans 450 acres of water surface area and is being set up at an investment of INR 430 crore. The plant will be commissioned by May-June this year, NTPC’s southern region executive director CV Anand told reporters in a press meet.

When completed, it will be the nation’s largest single-site floating solar plant to date, he said. 

Among other ambitious projects, India is working towards setting up a 600 MW floating solar plant in Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa district. The plant is expected to complete and begin power generation in two years (by 2022-23). 

According to the state’s new and renewable energy minister, Hardeep Singh Dang, the array planned for the reservoir formed by the Omkareshwar dam across the Narmada river will be the world’s largest.

That title is reportedly held at present by a 150 MW plant in Anhui, China which has been in operation since November 2017.

The 2,000ha Madhya Pradesh facility will require an estimated INR 3,000 crore investment.

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