India’s first solar powered village.

India’s first solar powered village.

In a significant step towards promoting clean energy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared Modhera, a village in the Mehsana district of Gujarat as India’s first solar-powered village. Modhera, which is associated with the Sun Temple will also be known for its strides in solar energy. Modhera is famous for its Sun temple, which is situated on the river Pushpavati. It was built by King Bhima-I of the Chaulukya dynasty in 1026-27. According to the Gujarat government, which shared information in a series of tweets, over 1000 solar panels have been installed on the village houses, generating electricity round the clock for the villagers. Significantly they will be provided with solar electricity at zero cost. The Gujarat government has said that it has ensured the sustainable implementation of various welfare projects in Gujarat, keeping in mind the Prime Minister’s vision of increasing the use of renewable energy in India.