Vikram Solar successfully commissions India's first floating PV power plant

The overall system is designed to last for 25 years and produce a minimum generation of 14 MWh/year.

Kolkata/India, Mannheim/Germany, January 13th 2015: Tier one module manufacturer and EPC company Vikram Solar has successfully completed India's first floating solar power plant.

The R&D installation is part of a test project for Vikram Solar's new floating module technology in cooperation with the Arka Renewable Energy College in Kolkata. The project aims to create a system suitable for any body of water with the possibility of being scaled up for use in any other given environment. The installation is completely flexible and consists of ten 1 kW fibreglass modules, which make up the floating platform itself. The system is firmly anchored to the bottom of the lake and is connected to the grid using a submersible cable. The overall system is designed to last for 25 years and produce a minimum generation of 14 MWh/year.

Vikram is installing and commissioning 100% of the system.

Miguel Monsalve (Head of Business Development & Engineering) comments: "The project underlines Vikram Solar's strong track record and efforts to make solar energy available everywhere and for everyone – even in the remotest and most challenging environments, such as water. The system had to be suitably designed to be able to withstand this force."

Gyanesh Chaudhary (CEO and Managing Director at Vikram Solar) adds: "We are very proud to have been awarded this prestigious project. The chance to work closely with an educational institution allowed us to reiterate our philosophy of Change Through Education'."

About Vikram Solar
Tier 1 module manufacturer Vikram Solar is headquartered in Kolkata, India, with subsidiaries in North America, Europe and Africa. The company is part of the 40-year old Vikram Group. Since 2009, Vikram Solar has been manufacturing monocrystalline and polycrystalline modules ranging from 5Wp to 300Wp at its production facilities in the Falta Special Economic Zone in West Bengal. The company also offers a comprehensive selection of services, from project development to installing and maintaining solar power plants.

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