India ropes in Eastern Power for canal-based solar project

11 January 2013 (Last Updated January 11th, 2013 03:30)

Mumbai-based energy developer Eastern Powers Systems has agreed to tap potential canal-based solar power generation in the Indian state of Gujarat.

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Mumbai-based energy developer Eastern Powers Systems has agreed to tap potential canal-based solar power generation in the Indian state of Gujarat.

The Gujarat government is set to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the company for a 1,000MW canal-based solar project at the Vibrant Gujarat summit, which begins today.

A senior government official told the Times of India that the proposed MoU will be signed by the firm with the state energy and petrochemicals department, and Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam (SSNNL).

"The present per MW cost of installation for a canal-based solar power plant comes to between Rs 17 crore and Rs 26 crore, but it is expected to come down drastically as the scale increases," the official added.

"This happened in the Charanka Solar Park also. Neither land acquisition costs nor long land acquisition times are required for canal based power projects. So the project is expected to kick off soon."

In April 2012, Gujarat State Electricity inaugurated the world's first canal-based solar plant on the Narmada main canal near Kadi in Mehsana district.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said at the time that about 2,200MW of solar power could be produced when just 10% of the 19,000km-long Narmada canal network is used to set up canal-top panels.

The Gujarat government has also lined up a 600MW offshore wind power generation project, which will be developed by Bangalore-based Greenshore Energy.


Image: The Gujarat government is set to sign MoU with Eastern Powers and Systems for a 1,000MW solar power project. Photo: FreeDigitalPhoto.net