World’s first canal-based solar power plant


Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the world’s first canal-based 1 MW solar power project commissioned on Sanand branch canal near Chandrasan village of Kadi taluka in Mehsana district, on 24th April 2012.

The pilot project, designed to eliminate the requirement of land for setting up a solar plant, is set up by Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) with active support from Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL). The solar power panels are set up over the 750 meter-long stretch of the branch canal and the project will generate 16 lakh units of clean electricity annually. Not only that, it will also prevent evaporation of 90 lakh liters of water from the canal every year. Thus, the project holds significance in view of energy security and water security as well.

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