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The ‘solar canals’ making smart use of India’s space

Solar energy is clean, but it usually takes up huge tracts of land. In India, an alternative is turning the country’s canals into glittering trails of solar panels.

India has a huge potential in developing solar power but they have very little free land to use for this. In a country where 72% of the power comes from coal, it is important to be creative in building out the renewable energy sources and in Gujarat, the answer has been to cover its canals with solar panels, as a solution that saves land, water and carbon emissions in one. The state has more than 80.000 km of canals

used for irrigation and covering them with solar panels is not only producing power but also reduces the evaporation of the water and the water even helps to cool down the panels to increase their production output.

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