Floating Solar PV Installations on the Rise in India


SECI has issued a tender for development of 250 MW floating solar PV capacity in Tamil Nadu

As implementing agencies and developers grapple with the issue of land availability, floating solar photovoltaic (PV) plants are becoming popular in India.

This year, the sector has witnessed a bouquet of floating solar tenders.

The latest one is a tender issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. (SECI) for utilization of water bodies (reservoirs, dams, lakes) in Tamil Nadu for development of 250 MW floating solar PV capacity, as reported by Mercom India.

On March 1, SECI had issued a tender for setting up 150 MW of floating solar PV projects in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Out of 150 MW, 100 MW floating solar power project was to be developed at the reservoir of Getalsud Dam and 50 MW floating solar power project, at the reservoir at Dhurwa Dam.

In February, a tender was issued for 20 MW of floating solar PV projects with 60 MW Battery Energy Storage System on a turnkey basis in the union territory of Lakshadweep.

In January this year, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) invited bids for a 15 MW of grid-connected floating solar project at its Koldam hydroelectric power project (HEPP), located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The same month, NTPC also invited bids for a 20 MW grid-connected floating solar PV project at its Anta gas power station in Rajasthan.


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