India largest floating solar plant fully operationalised, help to avoid 4.36 million CO2


New Delhi: India’s largest floating solar power plant of 100 MW has become fully operationalised at Ramagundam, Peddapalli District, Telangana. Commissoned by the NTPC on friday, the project will help to avoid 4.36 million Ton CO2e during the life of the project.

The project is spread over 600 acres of reservoir with the focus shifting towards cleaner sources of power globally and the Government setting a target of 500 GW of non-fossil capacity by 2030.

Regional Executive Director (South) of NTPC Naresh Anand has congratulated the NTPC-Ramagundam team on achieving the milestone and reiterated NTPC’s commitment for renewable energy.

He stated that NTPC Southern Region was augmenting the renewable energy capacity with the addition of the last leg of the 100 MW floating solar plant at Ramagundam

“Accordingly, NTPC has also made plans for creating its renewables portfolio which could be as large as the thermal portfolio and the renewable targets have been revised to 60 GW from 30 GW by 2032” said the official statement.

To achieve the set target, NTPC is setting up ground mounted solar PV projects, Floating solar PV, Wind and Hybrid projects.

The floating solar projects have great potential to save water by way of reducing evaporation losses apart from producing green power. It is expected that the evaporation loss is reduced to the tune of 70 percent.

Largest in the segment in the country, the 100-MW floating solar project at Ramagundam boasts advance technology as well as environment-friendly features.

Constructed at a cost of Rupees 423 crore through BHEL as EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contract, the project is spread over 600 acres of NTPC-Ramagundam reservoir.

Divided into 40 blocks, each segment has capacity of 2.5 MW. Each block consists of one floating platform and an array of 11,200 solar modules. The floating platform consists of one inverter, transformer, and a high-tension breaker. The solar modules are placed on floaters manufactured with HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) material.

The 100 MW project would save 2000 million liters of water per annum which could be sufficient to meet yearly water requirements of approximately 10,000 households.

According to NTPC, the company has already commissioned 222 MW of floating solar projects and another 40 MW projects are in the construction stage.


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