Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Clean Power

Indian Company Plans 1,250 MW Of Solar Projects Over Canals, Lakes, Reservoirs

Originally published on Cleantechies.

A government-owned power generation company in the western India state of Maharashtra has revealed expansive plans to utilize water bodies and generate solar power.

Canal-top-Solar-Power-1078x516Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco) recently floated tenders for the preparation of detailed project reports for setting up solar power projects over water bodies in the state.

Mahagenco plans to set up these projects in partnership with other government agencies that own these water bodies through a revenue sharing model. The company plans to set up projects on a) reservoirs and canals and, b) lakes and other water bodies.

The company aims to replicate the canal-top solar power projects implemented in the neighboring state of Gujarat. Canal-top solar power projects have the dual advantage of little to no requirement of land to set up the solar panels, thereby making substantial savings on the project’s capital cost, as well as limiting the loss of water from canals/reservoirs due to evaporation.

Water bodies owned by villages and local self-governing bodies will also be roped in to set up such solar power projects. Mahagenco plans to implement these projects through a net-metering scheme. Solar power projects set up at water bodies will produce electricity during the day and the local utility will supply electricity to villages during the night. The balance in electricity units will be settled on monthly basis. This will reduce the electricity bills for villagers and also improve electricity supply.

After the successful implementation of canal-top solar power projects in Gujarat, several other states have announced plans to implement similar projects. Punjab, Damodar Valley Corporation, and Kerala have publicly announced targets to set up projects over canals, reservoirs and other water bodies.

Image Credit: SunEdison

Reprinted with permission.

 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
 

Advertisement
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

An avid follower of latest developments in the Indian renewable energy sector.

Comments

You May Also Like

Clean Power

The last 3 months have demonstrated a surge in solar installations in India. If this rate continues, coal-fired power could peak in 2024 and...

Clean Power

IEEFA says building new coal fired plants in India is bad economics.

Clean Power

In a major boost to its aggressive plans to increase renewable energy generation, India’s largest power generation company has secured approval to set up...

Clean Power

Originally published on NRDC Expert Blog. By Sameer Kwatra, Co-authored with Nitish Arora India, the world’s fourth-largest renewables market and fifth-largest automobile producer, is also the world’s...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.