The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GCMV) has issued a tender for a 3MW floating solar plant to be located on the Meghadrigedda Reservoir in southern India.
The tender is for the design, procurement, supply, erection, testing, commissioning and maintenance for five years of the grid-connected floating project in the Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. This includes grid-connecting equipment with associated electrical and civil works.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is set to provide funding towards the cost of the project under a financing agreement.
The largest floating PV project in India currently stands at 500kW in Kerala, while Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) is also implementing two floating solar projects of 10MW capacity each in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. The Lakshadweep Energy Development Authority (LEDA) has also invited an Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the development of 10MW of floating solar plants on a set of the Indian islands.
The world's largest floating project in planning of 200MW was announced yesterday in Indonesia.
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