Floating solar plants in the world are a rarity, with only two other countries, Japan and Australia, having such plants. India’s first such plant came up in Rajarhat New Town in Kolkata in December 2014 and it generates 10 KWP solar power each day.
But now, one more floating solar power plant is coming up in Manipur and it is larger, way larger, than the first one. It will produce 100 KWP each day, 10 times more than the first one. It will be situated at Loktak Lake in Manipur, which is the largest fresh water lake in the North East part of the Country.
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The exact location will be near Sendra tourist resort of Loktak Lake. The entire plant is a result of the of the off-grid and decentralized solar applications of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
Arka Ignou Community College of Renewable Energy, which had played a pivotal role in the first installation has been engaged by the Manipur Renewable Energy Development Agency (MANIREDA) to work as a consultant for the second project. On May 26, MANIREDA sent a letter to the NB Institute for Rural Technology (NBIRT) which is headed by solar power expert S.P Gan Chaudhuri since Arka Ignou Community College of Renewable Energy comes under NBIRT.
Gan Chaudhary told TOI , “It will be the country’s largest floating solar panel installation with 100 KWP capacity. The floating solar panel at Rajarhat is of 10KWP capacity. This is a giant leap towards developing more and more floating solar panel installations in the country.”
Arka Ignou Community College of Renewable Energy will be providing technical assistance such as fixing the detail design parameters, drawings, specifications, and will also help out MANIREDA in the finalization of tender and issue of work orders.