World's first canal-top solar plant in Gujarat

Chandrasan (Gujarat): The world's first 1 MW canal-top solar power plant in Gujarat's Mehsana district has generated 2 lakh units of clean energy since it was commissioned two months back, a top official said today on the eve of formal inauguration of the ambitious project.

The project covers 750 metres of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNL) branch canal passing through remote village of Chandrasan, with a network of solar panels, said a top official of the Gujarat State Electricity Corporation (GSECL). 

 The plant was set up at the cost of around Rs 17.50 crore by the US-based Sun Edison and is projected to generate 1.6 million units annually and simultaneously prevent evaporation of 9 million litres of water.

This is the first-of-its-kind canal-top solar power plant to be set up by Sun Edison in the world using panels made by our parent firm MEMC Electronics Materials Ltd

The entire length of SSNL canal network in Gujarat is around 19,000 kilometres and if even 10 per cent of it is used for this type of projects it could generate 2,400 MW of clean energy annually, 

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