India’s biggest floating solar power plant is to be set up at Ramagundam City in Telangana.

Points To Note

  • The capacity of Ramagundam Solar Power Plant is 100 Mega Watt.
  • The Solar Power Plant is expected to be opened in May 2021.
  • It is being set up at the Ramagundam Thermal Power Plant reservoir.
  • It is to be set up in 450 acres of the reservoir.
  • The project is commissioned by NTPC. NTPC aims to reduce its carbon footprints and increase its green energy production to 30 per cent of its capacity through this solar power plant.
  • The sanctioned cost of the project is Rupees 423 crores.
  • The Solar Power Plant will have 4.5 lakh photovoltaic panels.

About World largest Floating Solar Power Plant

world’s largest solar power plant is being set up by India on Omkar Eshwar Dam on Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh. The estimated cost of this project is Rupees 3,000 crores. The Solar Power Plant is expected to start its power generation by 2022-2023.

  • The panels of this solar power plant are capable of adjusting their positions when the water level of the dam is low.
  • World Bank, Power Grid and International Finance Corporation are providing financial aid for the project.
  • The solar power plant is designed in such a way to withstand strong waves and floods and continue to generate power at the same time.

India’s Floating Solar Power Plants

India’s first floating solar power plant was installed in Kolkata in the year 2014. Currently, the largest floating solar power plant of India is located in Banasura Sagar reservoir in Wayanad, Kerala. The capacity of this plant is 500 Kilo Watt.

Types of Solar Power Plants

There are a two major types of solar power plants are Floating Photo Voltaic Solar Power Plant and Concentrated Solar Power Plant. The concentrated solar power plants use mirrors to redirect the solar power. The floating solar power plants On the other hand, are mounted on a structure that floats on a water body.

Advantages

  • As floating solar power plants are compact, installation and decommissioning are much easier.
  • No land is required
  • The cooling system of floating solar power plants is simpler. It is natural.
  • Environment friendly.