In the recent move MNRE – the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy of India has directed authorities to set up 100 MW solar power capacities over and along the canals in the country. Solar photovoltaic power projects of capacity 1 to 10 MW will be installed over canals and on the banks of the canals in India.
Out of the total cost of around $160 Mn, $38 Mn will be provided by the central government. 50 MW of capacity will be set up by cover canals and 50 MW along the banks of the canals. All projects are to be commissioned within three years.
Several state governments have announced such plans, ever since the success of a 1 MW canal-top solar PV project in Gujarat. Gujarat government itself is keen to expand this project to 10MW capacity.