The Narmada Canal, in northwestern India, brings water from the Sardar Sarovar Dam north through 460 kilometres (290 mi) of the state of Gujarat and then 74 kilometres (46 mi) into Rajasthan state.
Inaugurated on 24 April 2008, the Narmada Canal brings water to areas, such as the Jalore and Barmer Districts of Rajasthan, where agricultural output had been hampered by poor moonsoon conditions and highly saline ground water. In Rajasthan, the 74 km main canal, with 9 major distributries, serves an area of 1477 km2, including 124 villages.
Solar panels are being installed along a 1 km pilot project section of the Sanand Branch Canal near Chandrasan village to generate 1 MW of electricity. The panels are forecast to also reduce evaporation of water from the canal by 9 million litres per year.