Punjab has a wide scope for installation of the solar array along the main canals. The installation capacity is as high as 1500 MegaWatt but the opportunity has yet not been explored by the solar industry. Gurpreet Singh Kangar, who is a minister in Power and new and renewable energy ministry.
As of now only about 20 Mega Watt capacity pilot-cum-demonstration project for development of solar photovoltaic power plants on canal top have been allotted to Punjab.
Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has commissioned entire 20 MW capacity projects. Two projects of 7.50 Mega Watt had been commissioned on the Ghaggar link canal and Ghaggar branch canal in March 2018. Two 2.50 Mega Watt projects were commissioned on Sidhwan Branch canal respectively.
Gurpreet Singh Kangar said:
The canal-top solar photovoltaic projects have been designed in such a fashion that the canal banks are not touched for the safety of the canal and inhabitants in the vicinity of the canals. This saves about 100 acre land and reduces CO2 emission of 7,500 tonne per annum which would otherwise have occurred to generate energy to an equivalent amount by non-renewable resources.
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