In Andhra Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took an initiative to electrify two villages Toorputallu and Pedhamyanavanilanka completely on solar power from this year.
“These will be the first two villages in the country to be run 100 per cent on solar power,” said Nirmala Sitharaman.
The minster has adopted these two villages under the Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY). To electrify the villages a 2 MW solar power plant will be developed by a private entity and the power generated by the plant will be bought by Andhra Pradesh discom APEPDCL.
“Pedhamyanavanilanka & Toorputallu (Andhra). Serving PM Shri @narendramodi’s call for use of solar power,” Sitharaman tweeted.
The solar plant is expected to be commissioned by August 2016. The plant would also generate substantial income of 60 paise per unit for the village.
The SAGY was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is an ambitious village development project under which each Member of Parliament will take the responsibility of developing physical and institutional infrastructure in three villages by 2019.