India: Grid Connected Solar PV Power Plants on Canal Tops and Canal Banks

Last Modified: Sat Mar 11 2017 23:06:10 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 100 MW
    of capacity from grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants to be created by laying panels on top of canals and on their banks. Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. (SECI) will be responsible for the creation on this capacity on behalf of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
  • 8
    Canal Top projects of 50 MW capacity will be constructed.
  • 5
    Canal Bank projects of 50 MW capacity will be constructed.
  • 30%
    subsidy through central fund assistance will be provided.
  • Rs. 975 crore
    Estimated cost of all projects combined.
  • 2
    major advantages in building solar plants atop canals: efficient and cheap land use, and reduced water evaporation from the channels underneath.