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.”
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).