In a first-of-its-kind solar development initiative, two Andhra Pradesh villages, Toorputallu and Pedhamyanavanilanka will now run completely on solar power, becoming the first two villages in the country to have achieved this feat. Nirmala Sitharaman, the Commerce and Industry Minister has adopted these two villages as part of the Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY).

SAGY, an ambitious project for rural development, was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as part of which each Member of Parliament has to adopt three villages, taking on the responsibility of developing their institutional and physical infrastructure by 2019.

A 2 MW solar power plant is in the pipeline, to be developed by a private entity while the power generated will be sold to Andhra Pradesh discom Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL). As part of the proposal, the required land for the construction of the plant has already been earmarked and the APEPDCL has consented to buy solar power from the developer. The construction of the plant is expected to be completed by August 2016. Additionally, the plant is also expected to generate a substantial income for the village, to the tune of 60 paise per unit.

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Source: The Hindu Businessline

The move certainly sets a precedent for not just the country but around the world, especially as countries across the globe are increasingly vying to make the shift to renewable sources of energy. Moreover, it gives a major boost to the country’s ambitious plan of achieving 100 MW of solar capacity by 2022.

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