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Vizag to get 3 MW floating solar power plant on Meghadri Gedda reservoir

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After completing the 2 MW floating solar power project at Mudasarlova reservoir, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is soon to launch the work on the 3 MW floating project on Meghadri Gedda.

Tenders have been finalised for the project and the project is estimated to generate around 4.2 million units of power per year, offsetting over 3,960 tonnes of carbon emissions.

GVMC commissioner, M. Hari Narayanan, in talks with TOI, said the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will fund the 3 MW floating solar project under the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund. “The other projects funded by the ADB include e-vehicles and rejuvenation of the catchment area under Mudasarlova reservoir,” Hari Narayanan added.

Meghadri Gedda reservoir, one of the major sources of water for Visakhapatnam, supplies about 10 millions of gallons per day of water to the city. The perennial freshwater stream is located some 15 kilometres south of Visakhapatnam.

Apart from the 3 MW project, the GVMC will also take up another 15 MW solar floating project at the reservoir due to its proximity to the city and huge surface area. As per industry estimates, utilising a mere 10% to 15% of India’s water resources to set up floating solar plants, it could imposingly generate up to 300 GW of power.