BHEL completes installation of India’s largest floating solar plant in AP.
In Andhra Pradesh, state-owned BHEL recently announced the installation of the country's largest floating solar photovoltaic (PV) facility.
The 25-megawatt floating SPV project, which would be located at NTPC Simhadri in Andhra Pradesh, will cover an area of 100 acres, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) announced without specifying the project's cost.
“BHEL has completed the commissioning of India's largest floating solar photovoltaic (PV) facility. Notably, the project is an engineering masterpiece, produced by BHEL, with its one-of-a-kind state-of-the-art design,” the company stated in a statement.
BHEL stated that its scope of work includes the design, engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of the solar project, which was carried out by the company's newly founded Solar Business Division.
The project will contribute to the conservation of precious land resources and water by minimising evaporation, according to the statement.
It stated that for the first time in India, this complex module array has been engineered to endure wind gusts of up to 180 km/hr.
Given the project's coastal location, which results in severe corrosion, the company stated that all platform structures and other equipment have been made corrosion resistant.
The engineering firm is the market leader in India's solar EPC market, with a portfolio of more than 1.2 gigawatts.
It also has the largest portfolio of floating solar photovoltaic projects in the country, with over 45 megawatts of capacity commissioned and approximately 107 megawatts under construction.