Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has announced the commissioning of India’s largest floating solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Andhra Pradesh. Located at NTPC Simhadri in Andhra Pradesh, the 25 MW floating SPV project covers an area of 100 acre.
BHEL’s scope of work in the project included design, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the solar project, which has been executed by the company’s recently formed Solar Business Division.
The project will help saving valuable land resources and conserve water by reducing evaporation. This complex module array has been designed for the first time in India to withstand wind gusts of up to 180 km per hour.
Given the coastal location of the project site which leads to severe corrosion, all platform structures and other equipment have been made corrosion- resistant.
The engineering firm is the leading EPC player in the solar industry in India, with an overall portfolio of more than 1.2 GW. Its portfolio of floating solar PV projects is also the largest in the country, with more than 45 MW projects commissioned and around 107 MW under execution.
The company offers EPC solutions for both grid-interactive and off-grid, ground-mounted, rooftop, floating and canal top solar plants.