Solar plants are the future of world to reduce the dependence on non-renewable sources of electricity and to fulfill this dependence, hundreds of solar power plants are commissioned across the country. India has many installed at several locations and the recent one is going to be the largest solar power plant and that to be implemented on water bodies.
Executive director of NTPC in a press conference on Wednesday announced the commission of the largest floating solar plant in the country.
The new project will have a capacity of 100 MW and would be installed in an area of 450 acres. What’s the good thing about this installation is that there won’t be multiple installments, rather it would be done at a single location in Ramagundam, Telangana.
Not Ground, Water Bodies Are Preferred Location For Largest Solar Plant
Sri Ram Sagar project reservoir is chosen for the project and there’s a reason behind selecting it. As quoted by Hindu Bussiness line, CV Anand who is the ED of the southern region of NTPC in a press conference said, around 5 acres of land is required to set a plant for producing 1 MW of electricity.
Water bodies reduce this dependence and give wide options for installation besides minimizing the total cost. Still, the largest floating solar plant would cost Rs 423 crore to the government including all the GST and other charges.
Other Power Projects Under NTPC Southern Region
In addition to this, two more floating units will be set up by the corporation at two different locations in Kerala with different capacities. One will be in Kayamkulam with a capacity of 92 MW and the other in Visakhapatnam with a total capacity of 25 MW.
The total capacity of solar power plants in the different regions across the country would be 450 MW among which several plants with total capacity of 217 MW will be implementing on the water bodies. All these will be commissioned by NTPC southern region. There is already a delay in the setup due to a pandemic said, Anand.
Two pilot projects have already been completed in the Kawas and Kayamkulam region by NTPC. Others are in the list that includes 2 thermal power plants of 800 MW each. The first phase is under process and will be completed by 2022 and the second phase is expected to be completed by March in the same year.
Talking about other power plants installed by the corporation, it has successfully installed 64,880 MW plants across the nation among which a total of 9,125 MW capacity lies in the Southern region. The recent project will give India the largest of all solar power plants and will be opened in May as per the sources.