Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has completed a 25 MW floating solar photovoltaic (PV) project at NTPC Limited’s site in Simhadri, Andhra Pradesh. The plant can withstand wind speeds of up to 180 km per hour. All the platform structures and other equipment have been made corrosion-resistant due to their proximity to the coast.
The scope of work comprised the design and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of the solar project. It was executed by BHEL’s Solar Business Division which has been recently formed. In addition to saving valuable land resources, the project will also reduce evaporation by providing shade to the covered area. The project is also expected to have a higher yield than conventional ground-mounted projects due to the cooling effect from the waterbody.
In September 2021, BHEL also floated a tender for the supply of balance of system, installation, testing and commissioning of a 5 MW grid-connected ground-mounted solar project at the Nalanda University in Rajgir, Bihar. The project must be completed within 120 days from the date of issuance of the work order. In November 2020, the Department of Permanent Campus at Nalanda University had also invited bids for the installation of a 5 MW grid-connected ground-mounted solar power project on its permanent campus in Rajgir, Bihar. BHEL had won the auction for this project.