Discussions are being held to install solar panels on the 190-km long Rajiv Gandhi Lift Canal in the Jodhpur region and other large reservoirs across the state.
Rajasthan might soon save gallons of electricity as Rajasthan’s public health engineering department (PHED) is gearing itself to install solar panels on top of the Rajiv Gandhi Lift Canal (RGLC) and other large reservoirs across the state.
Rajesh Yadav, the department principal secretary, said discussions are being held to install solar panels on the 190-km long Rajiv Gandhi Lift Canal in Jodhpur region and other large reservoirs across the state.
“This will not only save electricity at the pumping stations but help in producing additional energy,” Yadav said.
He said energy can be produced on a large scale by setting up a 110-megawatt solar plant in the RGLC region.
“A letter will be sent to NTPC to study the feasibility of the project (installation of solar panel) at RLGC or at other big raw water reservoirs,” said Yadav.
NTPC is a public sector undertaking engaged in the generation of electricity and allied activities.
A senior official of the department said that around 140 such pumping stations have been identified in the state where solar plant of 75-kilo watt capacities is expected to be installed.
He said a similar project is being undertaken on the Narmada canal in Gujarat.
RGLC is a composite carrier system with eight intermediate pumpings at different stages. The system draws water from the Indira Gandhi Main Canal (IGMC).
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