Kerala is all set to operate India’s largest floating solar power plant – Here’s everything you got to know
God’s own country Kerala is all set to operate India’s largest floating solar power plant, which has been completed at the Banasura Sagar reservoir in Wayanad.
The massive project had commenced last year in March in collaboration with the Thiruvananthapuram based Adtech Systems Ltd. According to officials of the private firm, the plant will generate 7.5 lakh units of power annually, which will be fed to the KSEB grid using underwater cables.
Made of ferrocement floaters, a total of 18 floating platforms with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels have been installed on the reservoir’s water surface. It floats on 6,000 square meters of the water surface of the reservoir.
We have used high-efficiency solar panels for the project as per KSEB stipulations. Also, we have set up a floating substation on the reservoir to convert the output into 11kV considering economic and safety aspects, said Raveendran T Nair, vice-president (projects) of Adtech Systems Ltd.
This 500 kWp (kilowatt peak) solar plant commissioned by Kerala State Electricity Board is indeed an engineering marvel.