NTPC arm NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd wants to assess potential floating solar capacities in India’s different states and union territories (UTs). It has invited bids from consultants to undertake a study to evaluate the feasibility of developing floating solar PV plants on reservoirs of different States and UTs.
A study by sustainability think tank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has calculated that around 18,000 sq. km of water bodies in India can generate 280 GW of power through floating solar PVs.
The report calculated the floating solar potential based on 30% of the water surface area of the country’s medium and large reservoirs.
According to the report, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh are the top three states in terms of potential for installations of floating solar PV.
The greatest potential lies in Maharashtra, where 57,891 MW of electricity can be generated from floating solar over 3,173 sq. km of water surface area in reservoirs.
Driving the floating solar market in India, NTPC has already developed a 100 MW floating solar PV power project on the reservoir of its Ramagundam Thermal Power Station in Telangana. The project is developed under the government’s flexibilization scheme. If commercially viable, the cheaper power from the solar plant shall replace the thermal power being generated by the Ramagundam thermal power station.
NTPC has also set up a 92 MW floating solar power project at its Rajiv Gandhi Gas-based Power Station in Kayamkulam, Kerala, and a 25 MW floating PV plant on the raw water reservoir of Simhadri thermal station in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
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