CM promises floating TN solar power plant


After setting up the world’s largest solar power plant at a single location (Kamuthy in Ramanathapuram district which generates 648 MW clean power), Tamil Nadu is out to set up another innovation; the country’s biggest floating solar power plant.

Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy announced  in the Assembly on Tuesday  that a floating solar plant of 250 MW capacity would be set up in the State at a cost of Rs 1,125 crore. Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh are the two States which has already commissioned floating solar power stations, though of much smaller capacity.

He said that Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company (TANGEDCO), the State-owned power utility and the public sector Solar Energy Corporation of India will jointly set up this innovative project.

“Besides generating power, this floating power station would mitigate the problem of evaporation in our dams,” said the Chief Minister.

Though he did not reveal the location of the floating solar power plant, it is widely believed that the project may come up either at Vaigai dam or Veeranam tank where the experts of SECI had held viability studies.

The Kamuthy power plant was the cynosure of all eyes when it was commissioned as the world’s largest solar plant in 2016 by the then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. The Adani Group owned plant was built in a record time of eight months amidst efforts by some political parties to derail the project.

According to a policy note released by the Government , the State has a generation capacity of 2034 MW solar power  as on March 2018. Tamil Nadu had set a target of 8,884 MW solar power by the year 2023, as per the Vision 2023 document released by Jayalalithaa in 2012.

Palaniswamy said that the solar energy policy would be amended suitably to speed up the works to meet the target set by Amma. .      



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