CREST Installs First Floating Solar Power Plant at Dhanas Lake in Chandigarh City

Climate change and fossil fuel depletion are the two major concerns of the current millennium that threaten our ability to survive on this planet. 

The fundamental problems pertain to an excessive dependence on fossil fuels to meet increasingly, energy-intensive life styles. The energy consumption difference is becoming wider between urban and rural India. 

Due to increase in income levels in urban areas, lead to higher energy requirements. This has led to a situation where there are both, energy as well as peak deficits. 

First Floating Solar Power Plant at Dhanas Lake in Chandigarh (Image credit: Amar Ujala)

Presently there is a wide-scale introduction of renewable energy technologies for a variety of applications in India. While Chandigarh Union Territory; took initiative to develop Chandigarh city as a solar city. 

The Chandigarh Renewable Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) had been given the mandate to prepare the plan to achieve this objective.

A floating solar power plant pilot of 10 kW peak (kWp) has been commissioned at Dhanas Lake; one more initiative of CREST to make Chandigarh – a solar city. 

It aims to supply power to fountains at the lake for aeration and this will reduce the dependency on fossil fuel powered electricity.

It is indigenously made by Yellow 2 Gen Energy Pvt and has a dual-axis tracking technology that is capable of generating 30 per cent more power than conventional solar PVs mounted on the ground.

“The approximate cost of the 10 kWp floating solar power plant designed by Yellow is around Rs 12 lakh,” said Jeevan Mohanty, one of the Co-founders and Director of Yellow 2 Gen Energy, as reported by Business Standard

CREST CEO Santosh Kumar said that this project is being fist pilot floating solar power plant, if successful; will launch at other locations in the city.


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