Indian state of Kerala moving forward with 125MW floating solar project

first_imgIndian state of Kerala moving forward with 125MW floating solar project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 Idukki district could soon become a power hub in the state. The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) is setting up solar floating panels at the Idukki reservoir to produce 125MW of power.The 125MW panels will be placed in Anchuruli and Cheruthoni areas of the dam where direct sunlight is available, said officials. A large surface area of water at the Idukki reservoir where direct sunlight is available is conducive for floating solar panels, according to a feasibility study by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) at Idukki reservoir. The report has been submitted to KSEB.“The NTPC report found Idukki reservoir apt to install floating solar panels. As per the report, the first phase will generate 125MW and after two years, another 200MW project would be installed. In the first phase, the 100MW solar panels will be installed at Anchuruli area and 25MW will implemented at Cheruthoni area of the reservoir,” Rajan P, KSEB director (transmission, system operation and REES), told TOI.“We need a forest clearance to the project and KSEB will move the state forest minister-level to get the clearance. We plan to begin the project in December,” Rajan said. “As per the agreement, NTPC will implement the solar power project at Idukki reservoir and KSEB will purchase power from NTPC. The board will sign an agreement with NTPC to purchase the power. KSEB will set up a 220KV substation at Nirmalacity near Kattappana to transfer the solar power. KSEB is ready to fix underlying cables to transfer the power,” said the official.“This is an initiative that the Union government stressed on generation of green and renewable energy from non-conventional sources. KSEB has no other way to generate green energy,” he said.[Sandeep Thomas]More: Floating solar panels will be set up at the Idukki reservoir to produce 125 mwlast_img

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