SunEdison, Inc. completed a 1 MW DC canal top solar power plant built for Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd (KBJNL), the Karnataka government agency responsible for the Krishna River and Dam.
As the name implies, canal top solar systems are built over water canals. This type of system provides several unique benefits. While solar generated electricity saves large amounts of water compared to fossil fuel generated electricity, canal top systems save even more water by shielding the canals from the direct sun, hence reducing evaporation. Additionally, canal top systems free up the surrounding land for other uses. Finally, canal top systems operate at cooler temperatures than conventional land-based systems and generate more energy as a result.
“SunEdison is extremely proud to successfully install and commission this canal top system on the banks of the Krishna River for the Karnataka government,” said Pashupathy Gopalan, president of SunEdison Asia-Pacific. “It is wonderful to see other state governments embrace this innovative use of solar technology, which was pioneered by SunEdison for the Narmada Canal Top Project in Gujarat in 2012.”
— Solar Builder magazine