Install solar panels over water canals to generate electricity while reducing evaporation

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Canals lose water to evaporation

In Gujarat, where clean water is scarce, a significant amount of the clean water that makes its way through the canal system is lost to evaporation.

Solution: Cover canals with solar panels

Today, Gujarat has about 458 km of open Main Canal, while the total canal length, including sub-branches, is about 19,000 km at present.

When completed, the SSNNL's canal network will be about 85,000 km long.

Assuming a utilisation of only 10 per cent of the existing canal network of 19,000 km, it is estimated that 2,200 MW of solar power generating capacity can be installed by covering the canals with solar panels.

This also implies that 11,000 acres of land can be potentially conserved along with about 2,000 crore litres of water saved per annum.

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