The country’s (currently) largest floating solar power project is now fully operational with the final part capacity of 20 MW out of 100 MW Floating Solar PV Project at Ramagundam, Telangana being a declared commercial operation.
It cost Rs 423 crore and is spread over 500 acres of its reservoir.
The operationalisation means that the total commercial operation of floating solar capacity in the Southern Region has now gone up to 217 MW.
The project consists of 40 blocks, each with a 2.5 MW capacity.
The blocks are made up of one floating platform and an array of 11,200 solar modules.
One inverter, a transformer, and a high-temperature breaker make up the floating platform.
This whole system is attached to the dead weights positioned in the balancing reservoir bed through a unique HMPE (High Modulus Polyethylene) rope.
The project at Ramagundam boasts of advanced technology as well as environment-friendly features.
It adds value to the environment since it requires a minimal amount of land, largely for accompanying evacuation plans.
Floating solar panels help reduce the evaporation rate from water bodies, thereby helping in water conservation.
Approximately 32.5 lakh cubic meters per year of water evaporation can be avoided.
Reducing emissions and coal usage
The water body underneath the solar modules helps in maintaining their ambient temperature, thereby improving their efficiency and production.
Similarly, it is possible to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 2,10,000 metric tonnes while still avoiding annual coal usage of 1,65,000 metric tonnes.
Tata also starts floating solar power project
Tata Power Solar Systems said recently that it has commissioned India’s largest floating solar power project of 101.6 Megawatt Peak (MWp) in Kerala backwaters.
It will be installed on a 350-acre water body in Kayamkulam, Kerala.
Despite several challenges such as variable water depths, high sea tides, and severe water salinity concerns, the installation was completed within the stipulated period.
Agreement with Kerala board
Tata Power Solar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power.
Its project is the first in the Floating Solar Photovoltaic (FSPV) through power purchase agreement category.
The power purchase agreement has been signed with a PSU client, wherein the entire power generated from this plant will be used by Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB).