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First Multi-Beneficial Floating Solar Power Plants In Gurugram

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The city will see the construction of the state’s first floating solar power plant. Officials with the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) said they’re working on a plan to build one at the Chandu Budhera water treatment plant.

The floating power plant will most likely be built in the water treatment plant’s current raw water reservoir, which covers around 22 acres. As a test project, we’re thinking about building a 4MW floating solar power plant, with the goal of increasing the power production to 45-50 mW in the future. Shitij Kumar, an executive engineer of the GMDA’s electrical infrastructure section, claims that if the project is successful, it will be the largest floating solar power plant in North India.

The project was proposed at a meeting of the GMDA’s core planning cell in September last year, with officials claiming a cost of roughly Rs 20 crore. Three months later, in December, the problem was brought up again, with Sudhir Rajpal, the CEO, directing that the work be hastened. A principal management consultant was hired, and the CEO received the Detailed Project Report (DPR) earlier this week. However, the project’s senior executive advised “some adjustments.” They’ll be incorporated now, and the amended DPR will be discussed once more.

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Floating solar power, which is currently multi-beneficial, involves installing solar panels on floating structures in a body of water, such as a lake, fjord, or ocean, or in a hydroelectric reservoir. A floating solar power plant has the advantage of being able to be installed on a body of water rather than on land. Officials argue that, as compared to similar facilities built on land, such plants offer a variety of benefits, the most important of which is a reduction in land costs, which are quite high in a city like Gurugram. We can use the land for other projects as we can’t do anything else on these water bodies, says the engineer.

Installing a solar power plant on a body of water also improves the module’s efficiency “by 10-15%,” resulting in more power being generated. They also keep the water bodies where they’re installed from evaporating.

Because dust forms on solar panels, they must be cleaned with water, which cannot be recycled because it enters the soil via land. In the case of floating plants, however, we can simply clean the plant by drawing water from the water body. Water can also be used, which will save money on water that would otherwise be spent on cleaning, according to the executive engineer.

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