DVC plans 1,000 mw solar power plant over water canal network

Taking cue from Gujarat, Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) proposes to set up solar power plant atop 2,494 kilometres long network of canals that has the potential to generate up to 1,000 mw green solar power.

Gujarat has shown the way with the commissioning of the world’s first one mw canal top solar power plant in Mehsana district over 750-metres stretch of canal in February this year.

Setting up solar power plant atop water canal eliminates the need for land acquisition and water evaporation from the canal that is quite high in India with sunshine for nearly 300 days in a year. DVC told a parliamentary panel last week to begin with 15 mw capacity canal top solar photovoltaic plant at DVC canal, Burdwan in West Bengal, was planned.

“Detailed project report has already been prepared by global consultant price water house cooper,” a power ministry official told Financial Chronicle.

In parallel, registration of the project at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for getting clean development mechanism (CDM) benefit has been initiated.

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