India: Floating Solar Power Project

India: Floating Solar Power Project

By March 2022, Indian government is planning to add 40GW rooftop solar power for cleaner energy, but still the government is looking for more unconventional ways to expand the solar power capacity base in the country.

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy just approved the proposal to pursue floating solar power projects on a large scale across the country, especially in the states where land availability for setting up utility-scale solar power projects is a problem.

The National Institute of Solar Energy and NB Institute of Rural Technology have been tasked by the Ministry to conduct a study to identify water bodies that are feasible to set up such power plants.

States in the northern and north-eastern part of India, including Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Assam lack large areas of wasteland are the states that will be targeted for setting up floating solar power projects.

On this project, it is estimated that if 10-15% area of India’s water bodies are utilised for setting up solar power projects the total capacity would be around 300 GW, that is three times the installed capacity target for March 2022 set by the government.

A number of great plans to set up floating solar power projects in India are already underway. We may see solar panels on rooftop in the country right now, but in the future, we will be seeing solar panels already floating on waters.

Author: Darvin Tocmo

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