The construction and installation of India’s largest floating solar plant has been successfully completed in the Banasuru Sagar reservoir, Wayanad. The Rs 9.25-crore solar plant project has a capacity of 500 kWp and lies on 6,000 sq m of water surface on Banasuru Sagar reservoir.
The photo-voltaic panels for the solar project are reportedly made of hollowed ferro cement floaters and have been installed on 18 floating platforms. Work on the project had commenced in March 2016; and it will be inaugurated shortly.
The project was implemented by Thiruvananthapuram’s Adtech systems, using high efficiency solar panels, keeping with Kerala State Electricity Board’s (KSEB) requirements. As per reports, it will generate an estimated 7.5 lakh units of power each year, which will be transferred to the KSEB through underwater cables. The solar plant also has a floating substation.
Floating solar plants are known to be more efficient than on-ground installations as water bodies act as moderators to the panels’ temperature. Moreover, the floating solar panels also accumulate lower amount of dust.