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Thu Mar 14, 2013, 04:48 PM

Covering up canals with solar panels

Close on heels of commencing use of wastelands in northern districts and rooftops in towns and cities, Gujarat is set to potentially use the existing 19,000 km-long network of Narmada canals across the State for setting up solar panels to generate power.

The Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, will inaugurate the first of a series of this project, known as Canal Solar Power Project, when he launches a 1 megawatt (mw) pilot project, which is already commissioned, on Narmada branch canal near Chandrasan village of Kadi taluka in Mehsana district on Tuesday.

Last week, he inaugurated a 600-MW solar power project spread across 11 districts. This included a 214MW Solar Power Park, the largest such generation centre at a single location in Asia. Also, Azure Power, leading independent power producer in solar sector, announced a 2.5 MW rooftops project in Gandhinagar.

Gujarat, which invests nearly Rs 2,000 crore an year on renewable energy, has attracted investments of Rs 9,000 crore so far on solar energy projects.

Energy, water security

The pilot project will generate 16 lakh units of clean energy per annum and also prevent evaporation of 90 lakh litres of water annually from the canal, an official told Business Line here on Monday. The concept will, therefore, tackle two of the challenges simultaneously by providing energy and water security.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/government-and-policy/article3346191.ece?homepage=true

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The Straight Story Mar 2013 OP
KamaAina Mar 2013 #1
tech3149 Mar 2013 #2
Recursion Mar 2013 #3
KamaAina Mar 2013 #4
Recursion Mar 2013 #5
snooper2 Mar 2013 #6
Incitatus Mar 2013 #8
lonestarnot Mar 2013 #7

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 04:52 PM

1. Too bad we don't have any canals in California

at least not in sunny places like the Central Valley.

Plus, we have more water than we can possibly use, so why worry about evaporation loss?

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 05:05 PM

2. You soo funny!

Have you ever checked out the Bioneers? We could learn so much and and be more productive if we just got off our high horse and accepted the fact that Mother Nature does what needs to be done more effectively than we could ever hope for.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 05:29 PM

3. Crore is ten million, for people not from India

And one rupee is between one and two US cents.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 14, 2013, 10:50 PM

4. Thanks.

What's lakh?

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 12:11 AM

5. lakh = 100,000 (nt)

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 12:13 AM

6. wouldn't that promote the growth of algae?

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 12:48 AM

8. Hmmm, help with the CO2 also

Interesting

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Fri Mar 15, 2013, 12:41 AM

7. Wonder what the affect it will have on the water if any, other than keep it from evaporating.

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