Permission to set up floating solar plant
Hyderabad, September 21 (Andhra Jyoti): Land prices have skyrocketed and new solar power plants have become difficult to set up. As an alternative, floating solar plants have become available. The government is planning to lease reservoirs for their establishment. A report will be brought on reservoirs with potential to set up floating solar plants and suitable plants will be leased. The Center recently mandated that solar/wind/hydro/others claimed as green power should account for up to 21 percent of electricity generated by thermal plants. Telangana discoms are entering into contracts with solar power stations to avoid penalties.
The irrigation department plans to allow solar plants in reservoirs not only to reduce water vapor loss but also to generate additional revenue. Along with this, the administration is in talks with the state Renewable Energy Resources Development Corporation (REDCO). According to preliminary estimates, solar plants with a capacity of 5,000 MW are likely to be set up in the reservoirs of the state. While Mallanna Sagar, Kondapochamma Sagar and Gauravelli reservoirs in Kaleswaram are suitable for this, Singerani has already intensified its efforts to set up a plant at Lower Maneru. Sriramsagar, Kadem, Nizamsagar, Singur, Ellampalli reservoirs have also been found suitable.