MNRE releases Guidelines for Pilot-cum-Demonstration Project for Development of Grid Connected Solar PV Power Plants on Canal Banks and Canal Tops

In order to use the unutilized area on top of Canals & also the vacant Government land along the banks of Canals wherever available, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released the guidelines for setting up Solar PV power generation plants for feeding the generated power to Grid with upto a total capacity of 100 MW solar PV power projects.

canal top projectJust to point out that it was the state of Gujarat who first came up with the innovative concept of implementing the canal top solar power projects in India and subsequently also released the tender for the implementation of another 10 MW canal top solar project in the state.

Highlight of India’s 1st Canal Top Solar Project:

Solar PV Modules of 280 Wp of 1 mtr x 2 mtr size, 16 panel in one row with 2 rows per structural row & Total 3616 panels in 113 rows.

The pilot project has been developed on a 750-m stretch of the canal by Gujarat State Electricity Corporation (GSECL) with support from Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL), which owns and maintains the canal network. The project will generate 16 lakh units of clean energy per annum and also prevent evaporation of 90 lakh litres of water annually from the canal. The concept will, therefore, tackle two of the challenges simultaneously by providing energy and water security.

India's First Canal-Top Solar Power Plant in Gujarat !

India’s First Canal-Top Solar Power Plant in Gujarat !

Below is the brief of the new canal top & canal bank solar projects guidelines by MNRE :

  • Type of Projects : 50 MW Canal Top SPV Projects and 50 MW Canal Bank SPV projects
  • Project Size : 1 MW to 10 MW
  • Eligible Implementing Agencies: State Power Generation Companies/ State Government Utilities/ any other State Government Organization/ PSUs/ GoI PSUs or GoI organizations, provided that they are operating in power sector or own canal systems, i.e. are into irrigation.
  • MNRE support :
    • Rs.3 crore/MW or 30% of the project cost, whichever is lower, for Canal Top SPV projects
    • Rs. 1.5 crore/MW or 30% of the project cost, whichever is lower, for Canal Bank SPVprojects.
  • CFA to be released 40% at time of sanctioning and balance 60% on commissioning of
  • Timeline for commissioning : 15 months from the date of sanction of project
  • Scheme Implementation Manager : would be Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). SECI will handle funds to be made available under the scheme on behalf of GOI, for which they will be provided service charge of 1%  (i.e. Rs. 2.25 Cr) of the funds handled/ routed through them.

The official MNRE document guidelines can be assessed by CLICK HERE

Meanwhile enjoy the winter & till we meet next time with more updates on new solar energy policies & upcoming renewable projects in India…

Cheers !


Solar Project Consultant – India

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About Urvish Dave

Urvish Dave is working as a Project Consultant in the Renewable Energy Arena with an expertise and keen focus on Solar Energy Sector viz. Rural Electrification, Off-Grid Solar Projects, Grid connected, Captive power plants, Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) Mechanism etc. for various Renewable Projects in India along with market intelligence pertaining to renewable energy sector. He holds the distinction of executing numerous Solar projects during the career path including EPC projects for Rural Electrification, Solar Grid Connected Projects, Off-Grid Projects etc. For Consultation and Turnkey Solutions in Renewable Energy Projects and energy efficient product's, visit or write him at
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One Response to MNRE releases Guidelines for Pilot-cum-Demonstration Project for Development of Grid Connected Solar PV Power Plants on Canal Banks and Canal Tops

  1. funddfinders says:

    Thanks Urvish for sharing valuable information. Jay N Vyas

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