India’s First Solar-Powered Village Is In Gujarat
MODHERA, (IANS) – A unique blend of tradition and modernity, the hamlet of Modhera, nestled in the heart of Gujarat, has carved its name in history by becoming India’s first solar-powered village.
This initiative, which caught global attention, is a significant stride towards achieving a harmonious balance between progress and environmental conservation.
Set up with an investment of $9.7 million, the solar project in Modhera is because of collaborative efforts of the Union Government and the Government of Gujarat.
This ambitious project has equipped the village with excess renewable energy, setting a sustainable template for others to follow.
The solar initiative has brought about a radical transformation in the lives of Modhera’s residents. The savings range from 60 to 100 percent.
Spanning nearly 30 acres, Modhera’s solar infrastructure includes ground-mounted panels and rooftop installations, generating more power than the village’s daily consumption.
The infrastructure includes a six-megawatt (MW) ground-mounted project, a 15 MW battery storage system, and one kilowatt (KW) rooftop set-ups on over 1,300 houses.
This framework caters to the villagers’ needs and opens avenues for income generation by selling surplus power back to the grid and lowering bills.
The Sun Temple of Modhera, the architectural marvel, now boasts features like a 3D light show and electric vehicle charging stations in its parking area.
Even as Modhera takes a giant leap in the modern world by harnessing solar power, it honors its traditional association with the Sun Temple and sets a benchmark for sustainable development.