Tata Power Solar Systems said on Saturday it has ordered India’s largest 101.6 Megawatt-peak (MWp) floating solar project in Kerala’s backwaters.
The project has been installed on a 350-acre body of water in Kayamkulam, Kerala, a company statement said.
The installation was completed on time despite the severe challenges of variable water depths, high sea tides and serious water salinity issues, it said.
Tata Power Solar is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Power.
This project is the first in the Floating Solar Photovoltaic (FSPV) category through an electricity purchase agreement, the company said.
“Commissioning India’s first and largest floating solar project is an innovative and step-by-step step towards achieving India’s renewable energy goals,” said Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD, Tata Power.
A power purchase agreement has been signed with a PSU customer, under which the entire power generated from this plant will be used by Kerela State Electricity Board (KSEB).
Interestingly, all of the solar panels used in this factory have been safely transported, unloaded and stored by Tata Power Solar for approximately 35 days on a limited tract of land.
Ashish Khanna, President – Renewables, Tata Power, said the project reinforces Tata Power Solar’s commitment to lead India’s transition to a greener future and realize the collective vision of achieving 500 GW of energy by 2030 through solar energy.