Target: Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, India
Goal: Commend the creative use of technology in generating renewable energy
Gujarat, a state in western India, has found an innovative way to get solar panels to generate renewable energy – using them as roofs over water canals. Gujarat, with its population of over 60 million, initiated a pilot project in which solar panels were installed over a half-mile of canal in April of last year. Chief Minister Narendra Modi has pushed for renewable energy projects all across his state, the most extensive being the Canal Solar Power Project.
Solar panels generally require large tracts of land for installation, and utilizing the 11,800 miles of canals in Gujarat provides ample space for the large panels. The solar panels additionally shield the canal water from sunlight, reducing evaporation and saving thousands of gallons of water per year. Estimates suggest that utilizing just ten percent of the canal network would yield 2,200 megawatts of solar power generating capacity.
In order for renewable energy sources to replace fossil fuels, innovative ideas such as India’s solar canal project need to be implemented effectively and efficiently. Commend Chief Minister Modi and the state of Gujarat’s efforts to generate solar power and encourage India to adopt such projects across the country.
Dear Chief Minister Narendra Modi,
Your effort to place solar panels on Gujarat’s canal system is an innovative project to generate renewable energy. Utilizing resources such as canals to host solar panels preserves land for agriculture and prevents water evaporation from the canals.
If other states in India adopt your program, India could become a world leader in renewable energy generation. A model country like India is crucial in spreading sustainable ideas about solar energy, and hopefully other parts of the world will adopt your practices. Please continue to promote renewable energy projects and encourage neighboring states in India to do the same.
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