The Canal Solar Power Project was commissioned by SunEdison India. It is a simple yet innovative project that involves many miles of canals with solar power plants. The project was launched in 2012 in the coastal state of Gujurat. This ingenious plan is different from conventional ground-mounted solar power systems. It saves a lot of ground and a lot of water as well. The panels save water as they reduce the amount of water that is lost due to evaporation. One of the main issues with the project has been the massive cost involved. The cost has been estimated at about 50% more than would have cost to use the traditional style of ground-mounting.
In defence of the high cost it must be said that a project like this has never been built before. Ground breaking projects such as this are often expensive because there is no protocol to follow. Also there are problems that need to be researched and solved. This can be expensive.
The concept of building solar panels over the canal is a simple one. But the benefits are great when it comes to saving space and water. Hopefully we will see even more fantastic ideas like this in the future.
There are approximately 1.2 billion people in the world who do not have access to electricity. Since this project began in 2012 much of it has been completed. India plans to continue investing in solar power to create sustainable energy for the people.