India: CM Ashok Gehlot flags off India’s first floating solar power plant on Koyna Dam

IN a first-of-its-kind project in the country, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday flagged off a floating solar power plant on Koyna Dam in Satara district of Maharashtra.
Chief minister of Maharashtra Eknath Shinde and state energy minister Nitin Raut were also present at the event held on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day.
The project, spread over 11 acres of area, will generate 1.08 megawatts of electricity. It has been developed by Tata Power and is expected to meet the electricity needs of around 1,800 households.
A team of 36 engineers and over 150 skilled and unskilled workers completed the project in 17 months. The plant is expected to save 1,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, which is equivalent to planting 1 lakh trees.
Speaking at the event, Gehlot expressed that India is moving towards becoming self-reliant in energy production. He added that over 40% of electricity in Rajasthan is being generated through renewable energy sources. He further stated that India is well on its way to achieving its target of generating 40% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
In his address, Shinde said that the floating solar power plant is a milestone in the development of clean energy in India. He added that Maharashtra is committed to promoting renewable energy and has set a target of generating 20 gigawatts of electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
Raut said that the floating solar power plant is a great example of how innovation and technology can be used to address the challenges of climate change. He added that the project will not only contribute to reducing Maharashtra’s carbon footprint but also create employment opportunities in the region.
The floating solar power plant on Koyna Dam is a significant step towards India’s goal of becoming a global leader in renewable energy. The project is expected to inspire other states and countries to adopt similar sustainable energy solutions..

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