MW to be Commissioned Soon
So far, solar canal bank and canal top projects
aggregating 24 MW have been commissioned in India. These projects are part of
the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy's (MNRE’s) program to develop 100 MW of grid-connected
solar PV power projects on canal banks and canal tops throughout the country.
Under the program, projects aggregating another 50 MW are expected to be
commissioned by April 2017.
The canal bank and canal top solar project program was launched
in financial year 2014-15. Under this program, solar projects 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
The second phase of the canal bank and canal top solar
project programs will be launched in 2018, stated a Solar Energy Corporation of
India (SECI) official. Certain issues need to be resolved in Karnataka, where a
10 MW canal top project is to be constructed, added the SECI official.
The SECI official also said, “In
Punjab there were technical issues, but the state is on track to commission the
remaining 15 MW.”
date, central financial assistance of Rs.304.164 million (~$4.55 million) has
been released by SECI under this program. The MNRE had allocated Rs.690 million (~$10.33 million) as central finance
assistance to be provided under the canal bank and canal top solar project