So far, 11 MW of solar canal bank and canal top projects have
been commissioned in India. These projects are part of the MNRE’s program
to develop 100 MW of grid-connected solar PV power projects on canal banks and
canal tops throughout the country.
Projects under this program, which was launched in financial
year 2014-15, are under development in eight
different states (50 MW – Canal Banks
and 50 MW – Canal Tops), including Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh,
Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Project capacities range
from a minimum of 1 MW to a maximum of 10 MW.
The MNRE is providing a subsidy of Rs.30 million (~$0.45 million)/MW of installed capacity
for canal bank projects and a subsidy of Rs.1.5 million
(~$0.22 million)/MW of installed capacity for canal top projects.
An official at Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), the
program manager on behalf of MNRE, said, “by end
of November another 5 MW will be commissioned; the project has already been
synchronized.” The official also said that by
end of the current financial year, projects totaling 75 MW will be
commissioned. A 10 MW project in Karnataka will be commissioned by December 2017
and a 15 MW project in Punjab will be commissioned in 2018 due to technical
Once the entire 100 MW are commissioned, the MNRE will
launch the next phase of the Canal Top and Canal Bank program.