Gujarat’s Modhera will be India’s first solar village


The Sun temple town of Modhera in Gujarat will soon be declared as India’s first completely solar-powered village. The announcement will likely be made by India’s prime minister Narendra Modi on September 5. 

The Modhera village in the Mehsana district will meet all its electricity requirements 24×7 through a 6 MW solar plant, coupled with 15 MWh battery storage, set up under a scheme launched by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The plant has been allocated a 12-hectare land, 3 km away from the village.

As part of the project, rooftop solar PV systems (1kW), smart meters, and solar EV charging stations are also being installed in Modhera.

The complete project is being set up at an investment of around INR 65 crore, with up to 50% central financial assistance (max. INR 32.50 crore) from the Government of India through MNRE and the balance 50% coming from the Government of Gujarat.

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