Kolkata: The state Power department is trying to create infrastructure for a floating solar power project at its various power plants across the state.”We have large water reservoirs in most of our own power plants across the state. We are trying to use the available water in these reservoirs for setting up the floating solar power project. We have already conceived a floating solar project of 7 MW at Bakreshwar thermal power plant,” said state Power and Non Conventional Energy Sources minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe DPR for the project has already been prepared and engineers from the power department are holding talks for conceiving similar projects.Chattopadhyay said that the state has set a target of having a 300 MW solar power infrastructure by the end of 2019. “We have already taken up more than 10 solar power projects of 10 MW each. Solar panels are also being installed on the roofs of state schools and offices,” he added.It may be mentioned that the state government, under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Aloshree project, is gradually lighting up all state government offices, municipalities, corporations, panchayats, schools, state-run public sector undertakings and all other autonomous bodies of the state government and offices, by installing solar panels on the roofs of these buildings. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe PDCL office as well as the office of Paribesh Bhavan have solar panels on their roofs.According to the minister, when the Mamata Banerjee government took charge of the state in 2011, there was only infrastructure for 1.5 MW of solar power. “In seven years we have managed to take it to 70 MW in the government level and a number of private offices in the state have also harnessed solar power,” Chattopadhyay maintained.The state Power department has already come up with a 10MW solar project on the bank of river Teesta in North Bengal. “We are presently working on having a similar facility atop the river Teesta,” a senior official of the state Power department said. The department has also set up two solar trees with the capacity of producing 6.5 MW at the office of West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd (WBPDCL).”Land is gradually becoming scarce in our state. 4 acres of land is needed to produce 1 MW power through conventional methods. Solar trees require much less amount of land. So we are setting up such solar trees as an alternative. If we find that these solar trees work out well for us, we will be setting up more such trees in the state to harness solar power,” the official said, adding that such solar trees are strong enough to withstand a storm and need minimum maintenance. A solar tree of 10 MW capacity has been set up at Keoratala Crematorium in South Kolkata. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed me to set up another solar tree at Keoratala. We are working on it,” Chattopadhyay said.