According to reports, the Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL), under the state government’s project, is planning to install 500 solar pumps in several farms of Saurashtra at the expenditure of Rs 20 crore.
PGVCL officials said the project was being planned on an experimental basis. “The main objective of this project is to save electricity by generating alternative means of energy. And what can be better source for alternative energy than the solar power?” said a PGVCL official.
The official said that many farmers had applied for electricity connections and their applications had been pending approval. Considering this, the state government decided to provide them with the alternative means of solar power.
“A solar pump costs about Rs 4 lakh, 80% of which is to be borne by the PGVCL, while the farmer is left with only 20% to pay,” said the official.
Apart from solar pumps, the PGVCL is planning to set up 6.30 megawatt solar plant in Rajkot and 3.30 megawatt solar plant in Bhavnagar.