Vadodara: As India moves to ramp up investment in solar power, it is exploring innovative places to install solar plants, including across the top of canals.
Last weekend, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon inaugurated a new “canal-top” solar energy plant in Vadodara district in India’s western state of Gujarat. “I saw more than glittering panels – I saw the future of India and the future of our world,” said Ban. “I saw India’s bright creativity, ingenuity and cutting-edge technology.” Experts identify two major advantages in building solar plants atop canals: efficient and cheap land use, and reduced water evaporation from the channels underneath. Earlier this month, India showed it is serious about expanding energy production from renewable sources.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi upped the country’s investment target for solar alone to $100 billion, saying India would scale up solar power to over 10% of its total energy mix by 2022.
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