Diu becomes India’s first solar-powered island

Diu

Diu is now India’s first solar-powered island. The island with just over 50,000 people, is among the top 10 least populated districts in India. Diu now has a 9 MW solar park, spread over 50 acres. The solar park, built in two phases since 2016 and at a cost of Rs 62.48 crore, is helping the district of Diu, part of the Daman & Diu Union territory, get on the green map of the country.

From importing all the electricity it needed from Gujarat, Diu now generates power to meet all its day-time needs. Solar now meets close to 30% of its daily electricity requirements.
Diu is also expanding into wind energy. By 2019, it has plans to set up windmills that generate 6.8 MW. Diu will soon become self-sufficient for energy and will also be running entirely from renewable sources.

Hemant Kumar, district collector, Diu, says,

“Early this year, we were picked as part of India’s Smart City mission. Renewable energy is one of the many steps we are taking to get there.”

Diu faced many problems at the time it transported power from Gujarat. There was an expenditure of Rs 80 lakh a month to get power from Gujarat. Since electricity had to be transported through 25-30 km of transmission lines, supply voltage was affected. Instead of 66 KV people only got 59-60 KV. The Transmission & Distribution losses went as high as12%.
The solar park implemented has brought major changes. Transmission & Distribution losses have also come down to 7%. Consumers now receive 66kV. Tariff rates have come down from Rs 1.80 per unit in 2016-17 to Rs 1.17 in 2017-18 for domestic consumers (consuming 51-100 units).
The first phase of the solar park, spread over 30 acres, was laid in 2014 with a capacity to generate 3MW at a cost of Rs 25.5 crore. The second phase with the capacity of 6 MW, was double the earlier one, and costed just Rs 36.98 crore and was spread over a smaller land area of 20 acres. Of the 119 government buildings in Diu, 79 have already installed solar panels, generating 1.27 MW annually. The government is now encouraging Diu residents to go for solar. They are given a subsidy of Rs 10,000-50,000 to install 1-5 KW of rooftop solar panels.

With such a high push for renewable resources, Diu is setting an example for the rest of the country!
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