Ciel et Terre Opens Floating Solar Manufacturing Unit in India. Demand for floating solar technology is growing in India, seeing the opportunity for immense growth in the solar industry of India. Ciel et Terre International, a French floating solar specialist as part of its expansion plans and to increase its footprint in India, has opened a new subsidiary, Ciel & Terre India, located in Bangalore to offer the latest Hydrelio solution and make the most of expanding floating solar opportunities in the country.
Ciel et Terre Opens Floating Solar Manufacturing Unit in India. The company has also partnered with a local blow moulder in Aurangabad, Maharashtra to start a 50 MW floating solar manufacturing unit. Its manufacturing unit will first deliver floats to a 5 MW project on a raw water pond at Sagardighi Thermal Power Project located in Murshidabad, West Bengal.
International Coil Limited has bagged the contract for the engineering procurement construction (EPC) of this project.
The West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) auctioned a 5 MW, grid-connected floating solar project to be developed in the district of Murshidabad, reported Mercom in March 2018.
Stéphane Prouvost, CEO of Ciel & Terre India said that the company is also in discussion with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for a 150 MW floating PV project at the Rihand Dam in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest dam by volume.
SECI had tendered 100 MW of floating solar projects to be developed in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Later, the capacity was increased from 100 MW to 150 MW. The projects will be developed on the Rihand Dam, also known as Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar Reservoir, located in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh.
Prouvost further added that there are two main markets for floating PV in India. First is the captive market, since India has many conglomerates that own huge water bodies and reservoirs like on steel and thermal power industries. Power from the grid for such companies is at ₹6-9 (~$0.087-0.13) per unit, whereas floating solar can offer power at less than ₹5(~$0.073).”
The second major floating solar market in India is for utility-scale tenders put out by distribution companies (DISCOM).
The French company will also provide technology solutions along with the design and customize the floating structure to take the shape of the reservoir. It will install the anchoring system after studying local wind conditions, water level variation and soil computation.
Floating solar PV projects are slowly gaining traction in the country. In the past few months, numerous tenders for small-capacity floating solar PV projects have been issued.
Recently, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) invited an Expression of Interest (EoI) to develop 1,000 MW of floating solar projects.
Ciel & Terre tends to open manufacturing lines in any markets where floating PV is installed, since transporting large floats can be costly and manufacturing locally can also drive local employment. Read more