Tata Power Solar inaugurates a Floating Solar project

Tata Power Solar

Tata Power Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Power, has just accomplished a remarkable feat in India. In fact, it has just commissioned the largest floating solar power project in the country. Despite the technical difficulties, the company was able to deliver the project on time, proving its commitment to the energy transition.

Tata Power Solar achieves a technical feat

Tata Power Solar inaugurates India’s largest floating solar power project. The latter is located on a body of water of about 141 hectares in the backwaters of Kayamkulam, in Kerala. In addition, this project has an installed capacity of 101.6MWp.

This project is the first of the floating solar photovoltaic power plants (FSPV) with a power purchase agreement. In addition, it has obtained a commercial operation date (CoD) certification designating it as complete and operational.

Tata Power Solar has built a platform on the water on which the entire solar power plant floats. 134 cast pile foundations, drilled to a depth of 20 meters, anchor the entire project to the waterbed. This supports the central monitoring and control stations and the 33/220 kilovolt distribution substation.

The entire array includes floats and solar panel modules. Tata Power Solar had to tow it three kilometers, exposing it to high winds. Nevertheless, his production team was able to synchronize the Air Insulated Substation with the Gas Insulated Substation. Tata Power Solar has the system continuously monitored for possible malfunctions.

A project respecting the company’s commitments

The inauguration of this project is remarkable, which Dr. Praveer Sinha, CEO of Tata Power, confirms. According to him, this represents an “innovative and progressive step” towards achieving India’s energy and sustainability goals. Under a power purchase agreement, the Kerela State Electricity Board will use the electricity generated by this plant.

Mr. Ashish Khanna, president of Tata Power’s renewable energy business, adds:

“We are proud to commission India’s largest floating solar project in the backwaters of Kerala. The installation demonstrates our commitment to deliver the project on time (…). This project also reinforces Tata Power Solar’s commitment to lead India’s transition to a greener future. Finally, it symbolizes the realization of part of the 500 GW of solar power we plan to develop by 2030.”

This Tata Power Solar project is one of the country’s flagship projects. Not only does it help reduce carbon emissions, but it also makes innovative use of an unused area.

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