- The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has communicated that it is in receipt of the President’s sanction for a full 'solarisation' scheme for the sun-temple town of Modhera in Gujarat
- It involves setting up a pilot demonstration project with 6 MW solar PV capacity, 271 x 1 kW rooftop solar PV systems, a 100 kW rooftop solar systems on government buildings and other smart energy components
- The INR 650 million project will be funded equally by the federal government and State Government of Gujarat
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in India will be undertaking deployment of a 6 MW ground mounted solar PV power plant along with a 15 MWh, 6 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) for the solarization of the sun-temple town of Modhera in Gujarat’s Mehsana district. The Indian President has given green light to the scheme.
Other components of the project include 271 x 1 kW rooftop solar PV systems and a 100 kW rooftop solar PV systems on government buildings and other smart energy components.
Through the scheme, the government wants to set up a pilot demonstration project for a village/town running completely on solar energy with all its domestic and agricultural electricity needs being fulfilled by solar power. A grant worth INR 650 million ($8.63 million) has been sanctioned for the pilot to be shelled out equally by the Government of India and the State Government of Gujarat. It will be valid for a period of 2 years, from FY 2019-20 and 2020-21.
The State Government of Gujarat will implement the scheme by selecting renewable energy developer through a single tender to set up all the above requisite components.
Solarisation of Modhera Sun-Temple Town is how the project has been christened and is hoped to develop the place into an energy-resilient village using clean and smart technologies. “The proposed solarization will demonstrate technologies intended to be deployed in the near future for a sustainable renewable energy ecosystem such as smart metering, grid-scale energy storage and demand response,” states the MNRE notice. “Proposed projects will showcase solar energy technologies, solar EV charging station, etc. to the tourists/visitors coming to Modhera and benefit local population through new employment opportunities.”