Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 9 will declare Modhera village, as India’s first solar-powered village,which is home to the famous Sun Temple.
“I am happy that Gujarat has once again taken the lead in fulfilling the Prime Minister’s vision of generating clean energy. We are committed to fulfil his resolve of producing 50% of India’s energy requirements through renewable energy by 2030,” Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel said in a statement.
The central and state government initiated the ‘Solarisation of Modhera Sun Temple and Town’ to provide round-the-clock solar energy to Modhera through Solar Power project integrated with Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at Sujjanpura in Mehsana, about 6km from the Sun Temple, Modhera. Through this project, Modhera is the first village in India to become a net renewable energy generator,” according to the Gujarat government statement. People will save 60% to 100 % on electricity bills with this project, the statement said.
“Use of solar power has increased prosperity amongst citizens. Power bills, which were above ₹1,000, have almost reduced to zero today. Solar panels have been installed at all feasible houses, free of cost. In case of excess power, we earn extra income too,” according to Jatanben Thakor, Sarpanch of Modhera.