PROJECT | Staff Reporter, India

Mumbai greenlights hydro-solar hybrid power project on Vaitarna dam

The project would generate 208 MUs of electricity overall.

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has approved the setup of a hybrid power project on the Middle Vaitarna Dam, the main water supplier to Mumbai’s metropolitan region.

According to reports, a joint venture between conglomerate Shapoorji Pallonji & Company and power supplier Mahalaxmi Konal Urja will be formed.

The hydroelectric project will have a capacity of 20 MW, whilst the floating solar project will have 80 MW. Overall, these will generate 208 MUs of electricity to help MCGM save about $3.28m in power bills.

The MCGM floated a tender to develop 100 MW of floating solar-hydropower hybrid power project at Vaitarna dam in November 2020, with a target electricity generation capacity of 67.98 MUs from the hydro project and 140.58 MUs from the floating solar project annually.

According to a report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, adding floating solar projects atop water bodies—which already have their own hydropower stations—could generate about 7.6 TW of clean energy annually.

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