India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to evaluate the potential for floating solar plants

Last Modified: Sat Jul 16 2016 15:33:36 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 3
    organizations entrusted by MNRE to jointly evaluate the potential for floating solar plants - the National Institute of Solar Energy, Renewable Energy College and National Remote Sensing Centre.
  • 61.48 lakh hectares
    of still water surfaces in India, of which reservoirs are 29.26 lakh hectares and tanks and ponds are 24.24 lakh hectares, according to the agriculture ministry. Floating solar panels are more efficient than those on land because the water bodies cool them. Several companies and states have started looking at the option of such plants.
  • 310 GW
    could be generated as per Initial estimates from such floating solar parks according to SP Gon Chaudhuri, chairman of the Kolkata-based Renewable Energy College.
  • 17,00,000
    units of power can be generated from a one megawatt floating solar facility per year, while the same on land will generate 16,00,000.
  • 4 acres/MW
    The area required for setting up the panels for both floating and land based solar plants. However, in the case of floating plants, the main saving is on the land price and yield. The surface of the water body can be rented out at a minimal rate because they can be put to no other use.
  • Rs 7.00 per unit
    average generation cost thus is the same for both.