TAKING a giant leap towards renewable energy power generation, Madhya Pradesh is all set to establish India’s biggest floating solar power plant of 100 MWs at Indira Sagar Reservoir in Khandwa. Once the maiden project is established, the same is proposed to be developed at Rani Avanti Bai Sagar, Bargi Dam, in Jabalpur. Madhya Pradesh has already set a benchmark by establishing biggest ground-mounted Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Plant of 750 MWs and another unique initiative will promote the State as leader in renewable energy generation in the country.
“Proposal to establish 100 MWs floating solar power project at Indira Sagar Reservoir has been given green signal from Solar Electricity Corporation of India (SECI) and tender process has been started to start the project. Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) and National Hydrolic Power Corporation Limited (NPCL) will jointly develop the project,” informed Sanjay Kumar Shukla (IAS), Managing Director of MPPMCL. MD Sanjay Kumar Shukla, while taking to ‘The Hitavada’, informed that preliminary preparations are being carried out on war footing to award tender and starting the project work. He added that the floating solar plant is more efficient than ground-mounted installations due to moderating effect of water bodies on panel temperature.
MD Shukla further added that setting up a maiden floating solar power project at Indira Sagar Reservoir will be followed by more projects of the same nature at other big reservoirs like Bargi Dam. Floating solar power project will prove significant for the State power sector to explore new avenues of renewable energy generation. It will be the largest floating solar power plant in the country superseding existing biggest plant of 500 KWp in Kerala.