State-run engineering firm Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has successfully commissioned a 100 mega watt (MW) floating solar photovoltaic (PV)plant at NTPC Ramagundam in Telangana.
The plant has been installed across the natural raw water reservoir, saving valuable land resources, and also conserves water by reducing evaporation, said a company statement.
The plant will ensure that the aquatic ecosystem is maintained while producing clean power, with innovatively engineered layouts and arrangements for the solar PV modules, electricals and floaters.
According to the statement, all major components of the solar plant, solar PV modules, floaters, biodegradable natural ester oil filled inverter-duty transformers, switchgear and cables are indigenous, contributing to the government’s ‘Make in India’ mission.
With this, BHEL has achieved the unique distinction of commissioning three floating solar projects including 25 MW at NTPC Simhadri, 22 MW at NTPC Kayamkulam and 100 MW at NTPC Ramagundam in the last 10 months. Each one of them is unique in respect of their engineering and execution features. BHEL is the leading engineering, procurement and construction player in the floating solar segment in the country. So far 152 MW of capacity has been commissioned, delivering plants on all kinds of water bodies such as natural reservoirs, man-made reservoirs and saline back-water kayals.