India ‘Floats’ Solar Panels, Prevents Water Evaporation

July 14, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

India’s National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) is setting up a 50 MW solar PV installation, which will float on water in the southern state of Kerala. NHPC hired the local Renewable Energy College, which developed the technology, to implement the project.

Renewable Energy College is installing the pilot project on a lake outside the city of Calcutta, which is scheduled to be commissioned in October, according to Economic Times.

Floating PV systems could save the cost of buying land and reduce the evaporation of valuable water resources.

The technology simply involves installing solar panels on floating platforms that are securely anchored to prevent excessive swaying.

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