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HoaXposed: Minister shares picture of Korean floating solar plant, claims it’s in Kerala

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Kerala’s Electricity Minister, MM Mani posted a picture Thursday in a tweet where he claimed that India’s largest floating solar plant was all set to start operations in Kerala’s Banasura Sagar reservoir in Wayanad.

The tweet, which was first shared at 7:16 am on 26 October, soon caught the attention of Canadian Greenpeace campaigner Mike Hudema.

Mani retweeted Hudema’s tweet, which read:As Trump tweets, India’s Largest Floating #Solar Plant Installed In Kerala Aims To Provide 24X7 Power.” 

MM Mani’s unverified Twitter account had posted was an image of the LG CNS South Korean solar plant, under the caption saying “India’s largest floating solar plant”. Source: https://twitter.com/maniyashaan

The CPI(M) minister also posted the same image on his verified Facebook page, with both English and Malayalam descriptions explaining Kerala’s move to establish India’s largest floating solar plant.


However, a reverse Google Image Search of the solar plant photo revealed that the image is originally from the LG CNS’s Floating Solar Power Plant located at the Otae Reservoir of Sangju City, in South Korea’s Gyeongsang Bukdo Province.

The photograph features on the manufacturing giant’s official website, detailing how the LG CNS plant is “The World’s Largest Floating Photovoltaic Power Plant”.

The photo from the LG website

When contacted by ThePrint, the Kerala Electricity Minister’s personal secretary said that MM Mani was unavailable to comment.

This article was done in collaboration with SMHoaxslayer

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Not a hoax people. It already exists in wayanad. That idiot just shared a wrong picture. Just google wayanad floating solar plant and you will get the real pictures and more info.

  2. Even though the picture shared is not of the Banasurasagar floating solar plant, 500 kwp plant is under final stage of installation. It is hoped to connect the plant to grid by early next month.
    It is the largest floating solar plant in India when commissioned..

  3. And here is a 2016 news item about the floating solar plant at Banasura Sagar reservoir!

    //
    Ajay Thomas, who had developed the indigenous technology for the floating plant, said the device has around 20% higher efficiency compared to ground-mounted units as the cooling effect of water helps in keeping the temperature of the solar panels low, thus boosting output.

    “The low dust environment in the reservoir also aids in enhanced performance of the photo-voltaic panels. Water bodies in the state, including those in large hydroelectric projects, can be used for large-scale solar power generation through floating plants,” he said.

    KSEB chief engineer (renewable energy and energy savings ), Suku R, said the floating solar plant was designed for dam reservoirs in the state, also taking into consideration the seasonal water level variations, heavy rain and winds.
    //

    This is Kerala — and not some backward slum that “attracts” investors who can damage the environment and pay low wages to workers!

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kozhikode/Floating-solar-plant-at-Banasura-Sagar-reservoir-inaugurated/articleshow/50673564.cms

  4. Yes, India’s largest floating solar power plant at Kayamkulam in Kerala started generation of power in March 2017. The picture in the news item about this as published then by Economic Times is not too dissimilar to the picture in Minister Mani’s post. But even if we take it that the picture got mixed up, the FACT is that India’s largest floating solar power plant had already started to generate power over 7 months back!!

    Post truth and lies are the staple of the RSS and the right-wing — not of liberals and the Left!

    https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/power/ntpc-installs-indias-largest-floating-solar-pv-plant-in-kerala/articleshow/57577004.cms

  5. Shame ! Indian Communists have started looting from South Korea too !
    Sharing, after all, is the essence of communism.

  6. Checked the details and the NTPC website also claim this is the first step in the county from Kerala. Infact there is an error in the picture,but whatever he has described in the post is true. Thanks to Kerala once again for showing we Indians what we can achieve within this limits.

  7. Only the photo is wrong. The project is real. However whoever handling the page should have posted the correct image. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kozhikode/indias-largest-floating-solar-plant-ready/articleshow/61112697.cms
    KOZHIKODE: The construction works of the largest floating solar plant in the country have been completed at the Banasura Sagar reservoir in Wayanad.
    The 500 kWp (kilowatt peak) solar plant of the KSEB floats on 6,000 square metres of water surface of the reservoir. The outlay for the project is Rs 9.25 crore.
    The solar photo voltaic panels of the floating solar farm have been installed on 18 floating platforms made of ferrocement floaters with hollow insides.

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