Solar power via canals in Uttar Pradesh on government agenda
The Yogi Adityanath government wants to generate power by installing solar power panels in open spaces around state irrigation department’s canals and set up micro-hydel schemes at the fall available therein across Uttar Pradesh.
As more than 2000 MW power may be generated from solar panels and micro-hydel power projects, the state government has set up a four-member committee to explore potential of power generation and submit its report within 15 days. Uttar Pradesh has about 75,000 km long canal system including major and minor canals.
On Thursday, engineer-in-chief (projects) irrigation department Kunal Kulshreshtha will preside over the first meeting of the committee that has engineer-in-chief (mechanical) and superintending engineer (projects) irrigation department as members.