In a major development for the renewable energy sector, Chandigarh has become the first city in North India to have a floating solar power plant. The plant, which is located at the Dhanas Lake in the city, has a capacity of 500 kilowatts and is expected to generate approximately 7.5 lakh units of electricity annually.
The floating solar power plant has been set up by the Chandigarh Renewal Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) with the aim of promoting the use of renewable energy and reducing the carbon footprint of the city. The plant is expected to help in meeting the energy requirements of the city, especially during the summer months when the demand for electricity is high.
The floating solar power plant has been designed to withstand high wind speeds and waves and is equipped with a state-of-the-art technology that ensures maximum efficiency. The plant is also expected to have a positive impact on the local ecosystem as it will help in reducing the evaporation of water from the lake and will provide a shaded area for fish and other aquatic life.
The installation of the floating solar power plant is in line with the government’s commitment to promoting the use of renewable energy and achieving its target of 175 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2022. The use of floating solar technology is gaining popularity across the world as it allows for the efficient use of land and reduces the impact on the environment.
With the commissioning of the floating solar power plant, Chandigarh has once again demonstrated its commitment to sustainable development and has set an example for other cities in the region to follow. The plant is expected to pave the way for the adoption of similar technologies in the future, which will help in reducing the dependence on fossil fuels and promoting a cleaner and greener future for all.