Chandigarh gets the first Floating Solar Power Plant in India

Chandigarh first Floating Solar Power Plant

A floating plant pilot of 10 kw peak (kWp) — the peak power — has been commissioned at Dhanas lake here amid efforts by the government to develop the Union Territory as a solar city. It has been designed to supply power to fountains at the lake for aeration.

Earlier, Yellow 2 Gen Energy Pvt, which installed the plant recently, has proposed to the Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science & Technology Promotion Society (CREST) for innovative development of the land-neutral solar photovoltaic (floating SPV) plants.

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“The approximate cost of the 10 kWp floating solar power plant designed by Yellow is around Rs. 12 lakh,” Mr. Jeevan Mohanty, one of the Co-founders and Director of Yellow 2 Gen Energy, said.

This technological innovation means the platform could be set up on small water bodies for meeting captive energy requirements as well as conservation of lakes and ponds.
“Yellow’s design has dual-axis tracking, which leads to higher energy generation and makes it cost-effective,” Mr. Rakesh Chauhan, the other Co-founder and also a Director, said.

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The floating power plant in the planned city is yet another attempt to achieve practical and tangible progress in harnessing solar energy and facilitate large-scale generation of electrical energy through solar radiation at economically viable cost.

The government has earlier chosen Chandigarh to develop it as a model solar city and has an ambitious plan for deployment of 175 GW renewable power capacity by 2022, including 100 GW in solar energy.
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