The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced a scheme that aims at 100 per cent solarization of Modhera in Gujarat. The town, located in Mehsana district, houses the famous Sun Temple, a hindu temple dedicated to the sun God.
Under the scheme the domestic and agricultural electricity needs of all the households of Modhera are planned to be fulfilled with solar energy, thereby setting up a pilot demonstration project for a village or town running completely on solar power.
“Modhera has been selected due to the location of ancient sun-temple there and the associated historical and cultural association with Sun. The context makes it an ideal location for a pilot demonstration programme for a town running completely through solar energy,” the scheme says
The scheme will be implemented with an investment of around Rs 65 crore with 50 per cent central financial assistance of around Rs 32.5 crore from Government of India through MNRE and the balance 50 per cent contributed by the Gujarat government.
A state-government’s nodal agency will call for bids for setting up projects under five heads — 6 Megawatt ground-mounted solar PV plant; 271 rooftop solar PV systems of 1 Kilowatt capacity each; 100 Kw aggregate capacity of rooftop solar systems on government buildings; and smart energy components.
The fifth component includes smart energy meters for individual households and 11 Kilovolt feeders, solar electric vehicles (EV) charging stations and associated solar plant and battery storage, smart load monitoring and data centre with weather station, microprocessor-based relay and equipment monitoring for grid protection and smart street lights near Modhera sun temple.
The scheme will be implemented over two years, 2019-20 and 2020-21. The implementing agency will issue a single tender for selection of renewable energy developer for all the five renewable energy installations.