October 2015 facts state at least 300 million of India’s 1.25 billion people live without electricity. Thus installing water-based solar power or floating solar power plant is alternative to harness the sun power.
This can be done without taking up extra space on land or adding to the carbon footprint.
Assam has gone a step forward with the implementation at Khatorbori village under Bhurbandha Block in Morigaon district.
This Floating Solar Energy Centre was constructed at a cost of Rs 15 lakh by the Science and Technology Department of the State Government in collaboration with Cobalt Solar and Start-Up India Company Ltd.
The energy centre will supply electricity to three remote villages under Bhurbandha Development Block.
It may be recalled that India’s first floating solar plant technology was developed by India’s Renewable Energy College under the chairmanship of solar power expert SP Gon Choudhury.
The funding for the project was provided by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the project was successfully established and tested by India-headquartered module manufacturer Vikram Solar in Rajarhat New Town in Kolkata in December 2014.
Yet another project for installation of floating solar plant has been commissioned by Manipur Renewable Energy Development Agency (MANIREDA).
This floating solar power plant has a capacity of 100KWP and would be installed at Loktak Lake in Manipur, the largest fresh water lake in North East India.
Also, India is planning to establish the world’s largest floating solar plant in the southern state of Kerala.
Floating solar plants in the world are a rarity and not many countries have invested in this technology for R&D or its implementation.
Countries like Japan and Australia other than India are working towards successfully commissioning the floating solar plants.
With inputs from : TNT – The Northeast Today
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