State-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today announced it has commissioned India’s largest floating solar plant. The 25 MW project, occupying a water surface area of 100 acres, is located at NTPC Simhadri thermal power station in the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh.

Besides producing clean power, the project will also reduce water evaporation by providing shade to the covered area. It will also have a higher yield than conventional ground-mounted projects due to the cooling effect.

As per BHEL statement, the company has designed an innovative floating array to meet the unique requirement of anchoring the support structures without touching or loading, either the reservoir floor or the bund structure. This complex module array has been designed—for the first time in India—to withstand gusts of wind up to 180 km/h. In view of the coastal location of the project site that leads to severe corrosion, all the platform structures and other equipment have been made corrosion resistant.  

BHEL’s scope of work in the project included design, engineering, procurement, and construction of the solar project. The project was executed by BHEL’s recently formed Solar Business Division.

BHEL offers EPC solutions for both grid-interactive and off-grid solar projects, including ground-mounted, rooftop, floating, and canal top solar plants. It has an overall solar EPC portfolio of more than 1.2 GW in India. It has India’s largest portfolio of floating solar projects with more than 45 MW projects commissioned and around 107 MW under execution. BHEL also manufactures space-grade solar panels and batteries for space applications.

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