India’s single largest solar park

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India’s single largest solar park

Part of: GS Prelims and GS -III – Energy; Conservation

In news 

  • NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd has received the go-ahead from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to set up a 4750 MW renewable energy park at Rann of Kutch in Khavada, Gujarat. 
    • NTPC REL, NTPC’s subsidiary was incorporated in October 2020 to accelerate the Renewable Energy business of NTPC.
  • This will be India’s largest solar park to be built.
  • NTPC REL has plans to generate green hydrogen on a commercial scale from this park.

Other initiatives of NTPC

  • It aims to build 60 GW Renewable Energy Capacity by 2032. 
    • Currently, it has an installed capacity of 66 GW across 70 power projects with an additional 18 GW under construction.
  • It has also commissioned India’s largest Floating Solar of 10 MW (ac) on the reservoir of Simhadri Thermal Power Plant, Andhra Pradesh. 
  • 100 MW Floating Solar Project on the reservoir of Ramagundam Thermal Power Plant, Telangana is in the advanced stage of implementation.

Image Source: NTPC

What are floating Solar Plants?

  • It refers to the deployment of photovoltaic panels on the surface of water bodies.
  • Advantages:
    • Address Land Acquisition Issues: Floating solar plants balance high population density and competing uses for available land. 
    • Cooling Effect: The bodies of water exert a cooling effect, which improves the performance of solar photovoltaic panels by 5-10%.
    • Reduced grid interconnection costs, reduced water evaporation, improved water quality, and reduced algal blooming.
  • Challenges:
    • Expensive
    • Degradation and Corrosion: The installation is at risk of degradation and corrosion due to moisture
    • Developing floating solar projects requires a thorough understanding of water-bed topography and its suitability for setting up anchors for floats.

News Source: PIB

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