Floating solar project at Omkareshwar dam to begin power generation by 2022-23
With an aim to increase the power generation capacity of the central state of Madhya Pradesh and address the electricity problems in the region, a floating solar power plant is going to be built in Khandwa which will generate 600-Megawatt power by 2022-23, informed the officials on Wednesday.
Said to be the world’s largest floating solar plant, the project is estimated to be worth over Rs.3000 crores.
Targeting to increase the power generation capacity across the entire central state of Madhya Pradesh and further addressing the electricity availability issues in the region, the government is all set to build a floating solar power plant in the Khandwa district.
Renewable Energy Department Principal Secretary Sanjay Dubey said, “Water level is always maintained at Omkareshwar dam, so we thought why not make a floating solar power plant here? After studies, we found it was an appropriate zone to launch the project. Omkareshwar dam is built on the Narmada River. This is our hydel project and in this, we produce energy from water, but it is spread over about 100 square kilometers, there is a very large water body where the water level remains normal.”
Dubey also said that the change in water level in the area was nominal and it thus serves as a suitable site. “We will have a PPA of 300 MW. So, we have given a little bit of leverage, maybe a little more or less as per the requirement, so in total instead of 300, we are doing PPA in the first phase of 200 MW,” he added.
Dubey also highlighted that with the new floating solar plant, Khandwa will become the only district in Madhya Pradesh to have thermal power station, hydel and solar power.
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