Our invention addresses the paradox of ‘scarcity amidst plenty’ with respect to high solar PV electricity penetration in India. This problem is multi faceted that delves into:

Multi-purpose Dams

this segment consists of both Hydro-power projects as well as irrigation dams. FSPV power plant would not only judiciously utilise the available but underutilized surface area of these reservoirs, but will also generate electricity while reigning in evaporation losses. In addition to providing enhanced energy generation. India, according to CWC, has close to 5000 reservoirs, which impound a huge quantum of water by volume and create a currently unutilized surface area of 38,000 Sq. km. A mere 20% of this surface area, if utilized in an environmentally benign manner can create a capacity of 750 GW – which is approximately double our current capacity. This can be done without acquiring even an inch of land, which, in our long-term interest can be left for more productive uses – agriculture and forests.

Industries with large water requirements such as thermal power plants

they have large raw water reservoirs, which can be utilized for FSPV power plants. This would cut down their revenue losses from evaporation and provide clean power for ancillary requirements. India’s already established capacity of 293 GW of thermal power can easily accommodate approximately 5 GW of solar over the underutilized but readily available blue

Water bodies in Urban areas

We, in India, lose existing water bodies to pressures of urbanization. The story repeats itself in our metropolises –Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, inter alia – as well as tier I and tier II cities. An FSPV power plant may help in conservation efforts of these water bodies while providing clean energy and thus opening doors to concomitant technologies, which can breathe new life into our dying water bodies. How much we work towards creating these emancipatory spaces depend on our political will or the lack of it.