SUBJECT :Solar Energy 

 A floating solar power plant of 10 kW peak (kWp) — the peak power — has been commissioned at the Dhanas lake here amid efforts by the government to develop the Union Territory as a solar city.

It has been designed to supply power to fountains at the lake for aeration.

The USP is its dual-axis tracking technology that has been developed indigenously, which is capable of generating 30 per cent or more power than conventional solar photovoltaic plants 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, director of Yellow 2 Gen Energy Pvt Ltd, which installed the plant recently.

This technological innovation means the platform could be set up on small water bodies for meeting captive energy requirements as well as conservation of lakes and ponds.

The floating power plant in the planned city is yet another attempt to achieve practical and tangible progress in harnessing solar energy and facilitate large-scale generation of electrical energy through solar radiation at economically viable cost.

The government has earlier chosen Chandigarh to develop it as a model solar city. — PTI

Source: The Tribune, Chandigarh