With the country’s first floating solar power panel installed at a waterbody in Rajarhat New Town by the city based Arka Ignou Community College of Renewable Energy already yielding encouraging results, the institute has been engaged by the Manipur Renewable Energy Development Agency (MANIREDA) to work as a consultant for installing a 100KWP floating solar power plant at Loktak Lake in Manipur that would become the country’s largest and only second floating solar panel installation.
Loktak Lake is the largest fresh water lake in North East India. The floating solar panel will be installed at the lake near the Sendra tourist resort of Loktak Lake. The project is to be implemented under the programme for off-grid and decentralized solar applications of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
MANIREDA sent a letter to the NB Institute for Rural Technology (NBIRT) which is headed by solar power expert S.P Gan Chaudhuri on May 26. Gan Chaudhuri said that the Arka Ignou Community College of Renewable Energy that comes under NBIRT will give technical assistance to the floating solar panel installation project in Loktak Lake in Manipur.
“It will be the country’s largest floating solar panel installation with 100 KWP capacity. The floating solar panel at Rajarhat is of 10KWP capacity. This is a giant leap towards developing more and more floating solar panel installations in the country. Only two other countries in the world- Japan and Australia ,” Gan Chaudhuri said. Arka Ignou renewable energy collage will be working in fixing the detail design parameters, drawings, specfications and will also assist MANIREDA in finalization of tender and issue of work order.