West Bengal got the first of what its hopes will be many floating solar plants, with the commissioning of the 5.4 MW Sagardighi plant by Ciel et Terre. PSU Engineering major Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) was the EPC partner for the project.
Ciel et Terre is a french floating specialist, and the world’s largest floating solar firm which recently crossed the 500 MW milestone for floating solar, executed the project. Their remit included engineering, float supply, anchoring and mooring, besides supervision. The project had been cited as worth Rs 22 crores at the time of allotment. BHEL had floated the tender for the plant back in 2019. It used 16,880 photovoltaic panels with 320 Wp capacity BHEL make.
For BHEL, the commissioning is a feather in the cap for what has quickly become the largest floating solar portfolio in the country, in terms of projects commissioned and in the pipeline.