One of its own Kind: Canal Project In India

The western Indian state of Gujarat is all set to become the first state in the country to generate solar power through panels mounted on a water body. Installation of panels on the canal will help in doing away with the need to acquire land. Evaporation of lakhs of litres of water will be prevented since the canal will be covered. And will generate clean energy. Generated solar power will be supplied to villages alongside the canal, which will lead to lower transmission losses and also helping to reduce the evaporation of water.

The solar project is expected to save 100,000 litres of water a year by reducing evaporation of canal water in that particular stretch of one km. Installation of solar panels on river canals would also take care of land issue for solar power project. SunEdison, a subsidiary of US-based global solar energy player MEMC, will be executing the project near Sanand. This is for the first time such a project is being developed in India

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