NTPC has undertaken the 100 MW floating solar power project in the country:
The process of setting up the largest 100 MW floating solar power project in the country, which is shaping up in the Ramagundam NTPC, is in full swing. NTPC has undertaken solar projects focusing on non-conventional energy sources to offset coal-based thermal power. The NTPC had set up a 10 MW plant on its premises a few days ago and achieved good results. It also has plans to increase it to 100 MW.
Meanwhile, NTPC plans to set up a new solar plant with floating photovoltaic panels on the water with new technology at the NTPC Reservoir in Ramagundam without any land acquisition problem. On June 10, 2019, BHEL, which won the tender award with LVOA (Letter of Award) at a cost of Rs 423.62 crore (GST), undertook the task as per schedule. The plant is targeted to generate electricity by the end of this month April.
More reservoirs if successful.
If the floating solar plant, the first of its kind in the country, is successfully set up on 450 acres, the government will take steps to set it up on other reservoirs in the state. Proposals have already been sent for the construction of the Kaleshwaram project on the 111 km river from Medigadda to Yellampalli. Steps have already been taken to build a floating solar plant on the Karimnagar LMD under the ownership of Singareni. There is also a possibility of setting up solar water plants on more reservoirs in the state.
A solar plant is being set up on an area of 450 acres in the NTPC Reservoir. A panel capacity is 325 watts. The plant area is 260 meters long and 120 meters wide. The electricity generated from the panels is directly converted into AC current with consumption of 16A. The 630 kV inverters will then be connected to the grid by a 33 kV line to the 132 kV substations at Ramagundam. The work of solar modules, floating anchors, which are currently required to install solar panels on water, is nearing completion. Universal transformer and arcane agencies are mounting floating photovoltaic panels on them. A total of five lakh panels are required, but so far over two lakh panels have been received.