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Last Updated: March 21, 2022

GURUGRAM: The state’s first floating solar power plant will come up in the city. GMDA, officials said, is working on a project to set up such a unit at the Chandu Budhera water treatment plant.
The floating power plant is likely to be installed in the existing raw water reservoir of the water treatment plant, which has an area of around 22 acres.
“We are exploring the possibility of setting up a floating solar power plant of 4mW capacity as a pilot project. We hope to eventually enhance its capacity to 45-50mW. If we succeed in doing that, this would be north India’s biggest floating solar power plant,” said Shitij Kumar, executive engineer at the electrical infrastructure division at GMDA.
The project had been proposed at a meeting of the core planning cell of GMDA in September last year, when officials had claimed it would cost around Rs 20 crore. The matter was taken up again three months later, in December, with chief executive officer (CEO) Sudhir Rajpal directing that the work be expedited.
A principal management consultant was hired and the detailed project report (DPR) presented to the CEO earlier this week. The senior official, however, suggested “some changes” in the project. They will now be incorporated and the revised DPR will be taken up again for discussion.
The advantage of a floating solar power plant is that the set-up would be on a water body instead of a piece of land.
Apart from facilitating renewable energy, such plants have several advantages when compared to similar facilities installed on land, officials said.
“The biggest advantage is saving up on land cost, which is very high in a city like Gurugram. We already have water bodies, so why not use these instead? We cannot do anything else on these water bodies, but the land can be used for other projects,” said Kumar.
Installing a solar power plant on a water body also increases the efficiency of the module “by 10-15%”, which leads to higher power generation. They also prevent evaporation from the water bodies on which they are set up.
“For any solar power plant, water is needed for cleaning the module because dust gets collected on it. On land, this water cannot be re-utilised as it goes into the ground. However, in the case of floating plants, we can just take the water from the water body to clean the plant. This will save the money that would otherwise be spent on water for cleaning. The water can be reused too,” said the executive engineer.

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