Chennai: In a bid to reduce evaporation of reservoir water and increase sourcing of solar power, Tamil Nadu is looking at the feasibility of setting up a floating solar power plant, according to Chief Minister K. Palaniswami.
Making the announcement in the assembly, he said that the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) and another company will study the feasibility of setting up 250 MW floating solar power plant at an outlay of Rs 1,125 crore.
The biggest problem country is facing with solar plant installations is requirement of huge areas of land. Floating power plants can help solve this problem and are coming up in several states of the country.
The largest floating solar power plant in India, a 100 kilowatt installation, is located in Kerala and got commissioned earlier this year. The floating platform was indigenously developed by NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance.
Andhra Pradesh is also planning to set up a 100 megawatt floating solar power project. It is likely to come up at Penna Ahobilam Balancing Reservoir which has a live capacity of 305 million cubic meters.
The National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) has also announced plans to set up 600 megawatts of floating solar power project at the 1,960 MW Koyna hydro power project. NHPC has plans to set up similar floating solar power projects in other states as well.
With agency inputs