AGV Solar Power Project Private Ltd has commissioned the 2000 kW canal-top solar plant in Mainawali village in Hanumangarh district located in North of Rajasthan, the Hindustan Times has reported. This is the first canal-top solar plant in the state of Rajasthan.
The 7,500 solar panels – 320 Wp each, installed on mirrors, spread over a 2.8 km stretch of the canal, will generate 2.4 million kWh of electricity annually.
The power generated will be fed to the government’s 33/11kV grid in Naurangdesar, at INR 4.45 ($ 0.07)/kWh tariff.
The project cost INR 200 million ($3.1 million), including the state government grant of INR 78 million ($1.2 million). The developer will provide O&M for 25 years.
Nitesh Goyal, director of AGV, said, “the canal-top installation will save water from vaporizing and will also irrigate more than 10 acres of land.”
The government has targeted 50 MW on Canal Tops and 50 MW on Canal Banks under India’s National Solar Mission.