‘Canal Solar Power Project’ in India!
In India is working to build for the future. One of the latest projects is the ‘Canal Solar Power Project. The idea is that there is a 19 kilometer long canal. An umbrella will come when solar panels are installed on top of it. In this way, there is solar energy generated and there is also water saved because it does not evaporate.
The pilot project has been developed on a 750-m stretch of the canal by Gujarat State Electricity Corporation (GSECL) with support from Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL), which owns and maintains the canal network.The pilot project will generate 16 lakh units of clean energy per annum and also prevent evaporation of 90 lakh litres of water annually from the canal.
Assuming a utilisation of only 10 per cent of the existing canal network of 19,000 km, it is estimated that 2,200 MW of solar power generating capacity can be installed by covering the canals with solar panels. This also implies that 11,000 acres of land can be potentially conserved along with about 2,000 crore litres of water saved per annum.