Solar Panels on Top of Canal Impress U.N. Chief

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  • U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised India’s ingenuity and cutting-edge technology while dedicating Gujarat’s second canal-top 10-MW solar power project to the nation.
  • The solar panels are arranged on top of the Vadodara branch of the Sardar Sarovar project canal, probably a first-of-its-kind project in the world to generate power.
  • Mr. Ban said he was honoured to inaugurate “this impressive project” and commended the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Mr. Ban said: This facility shows how one project can have multiple uses of conserving land and using renewables.
  • He called on India to dramatically scale-up solar power and make it more than 10 per cent of energy mix by 2020.
  • For the February event on investment in renewable energy in New Delhi, he was sending his special envoy on climate change Michael Bloomberg.
  • He said access to energy was important to end energy poverty.
  • Mr. Ban opined: Action and commitment can create a safer and prosperous world
  • S.S. Rathore, chairperson and managing director, Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd, said Mr. Modi’s idea led to a one-MW pilot project being commissioned on the Sanand canal in April 2012.
  • The new 10-MW megawatt project is on 3.6 km of the Vadodara branch canal of the Sardar Sarovar Project which passes through the city.
  • It saves land and also prevents evaporation losses.
  • There are nearly 35,000 solar panels and the power generated is fed into the State grid and also to operate pumping stations on the canal.
  • The total cost of this project is $18.3 million and is financed by the State government.which was commissioned in November 2014.
  • The Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam is likely to expand this project and even encourage private entrepreneurs.