Q. Consider the following statements regarding Solar power generation
1. Rooftop solar panels are more efficient that floating solar panels
2. The Solar Park Scheme was launched by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy
Which of the above statements is/are incorrect?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: A

NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd (NTPC REL), a 100% subsidiary of NTPC, will set up the country’s single largest solar park at Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. 

  • Floating solar refers to a solar power production installation mounted on a structure that floats on a body of water, typically an artificial basin or a lake. 
  • As opposed to conventional rooftop solar panels, floating ones perform between 5% to 15% better because of the cooling effect of the water, and are not impacted by shading from other buildings 

About Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects Scheme 

  • The Solar Park Scheme was launched by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy in 2014. 
  • Under this scheme, it was proposed to set up at least 25 Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects. It aimed at over 20,000 MW of solar power installed capacity within a span of 5 years starting from 2014-15. 
  • The capacity of the Scheme has now been enhanced from 20,000 MW to 40,000 MW in 2017. The parks are also proposed to be set up by 2021-22. 

Read moreNTPC to build India’s largest solar park in Rann of Kutch 

Source: AIR