Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • A floating solar power plant is the one where solar panels are installed on a platform floating over water bodies. 
  • India has already started to build 10 megawatt solar plants on top of several canals, and is planning to build a solar power station on large stretches of water in Kerala.
  • The floating solar power technology was developed by India’s Renewable Energy College. 
  • India will install a 50 megawatt solar power plant on a 1.27 million square metre floating platform by the end of the year.


"The ecology of the water body is not likely to be affected much and it will also reduce evaporation, thus helping preserve water levels during extreme summer. Solar panels installed on land face reduction of yield as the ground heats up. When such panels are installed on a floating platform, the heating problem is solved to a great extent."

Moral of the Story !!
  • Although, a floating solar power plant is good news and opens new avenues for the solar power sector, it is not as if we can cover the ocean with solar panels. 
  • Hence, for a vast country like India, solar power plants need to be developed on land, water bodies and on rooftops. 
  • With more solar power plants, there will be less dependence on coal and electricity production will not harm the environment. E
  • Every household/State will have power in the future despite unavailability of coal. Electricity will be cheaper, not to mention a more robust economy.

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India Plans World’s Largest Floating Solar Power Project (50 MW)

·       India’s leading hydro power generator National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) is planning to set up a 50 MW solar photovoltaic project over the water bodies in the southern state of Kerala. Renewable Energy College will provide assistance to the company for implementing the project.

Gujarat canal-top solar power plant

  • The project is similar to Japan’s largest offshore solar power plant, which was launched late last year. The 70MW Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant was designed as part of a move towards clean energy following the 2011 Fukushima disaster, and is located in Japan’s Kagoshima Prefecture of islands.

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