World’s First Canal Solar Power Plant in India


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I’d like to switch gear today to focus on an interesting solar project that took place in India; not only did it help to generate electricity, but it also helped to conserve water by reducing evaporation. This is the Canal Solar Power Project that was launched in Gujarat to use 19,000 kilometre long network of Narmada canals

World’s First Canal Top Solar Power Plant in India

(near Chandrasan village of Kadi taluka in Mehsana district, near Ahmedabad on Sanand-Kadi road) across the state for setting up solar panels to generate electricity. This project was the first of its kind, the first canal-top solar project and it will generate 16 lakh units of clean energy per annum and also prevent evaporation of 90 lakh litres of water annually from the canal. The project virtually eliminates the requirement to acquire vast tracts of land and answers the challenge to both energy and water security by limiting evaporation of water from the 750 meter long canal. An official statement said, “It would eliminate the need of 11,000 acres of land required for a solar project of this magnitude and save 2 billion litres of water annually.” On April 25, 2012, the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi dedicated this world’s first canal-top 1 MW solar project on Narmada branch canal network, to the national grid at Chandrasan in Mehsana district. He called this pilot project an innovative merger of “jal and urja shakti” for a greener tomorrow.

~have a bright and sunny day~

gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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