Gandhinagar: The state government on Saturday announced an electricity-harvesting scheme for Gujarat farmers ‘Surya Shakti Kisan Yojana’ where it will be providing subsidies to farmers for setting up solar-panels in their fields to generate electricity. The farmers will get a subsidy of 60 percent in setting up these panels from the center and later the government will buy electricity from them at the cost of Rs 7 per unit for a period of seven years and then for next eighteen years it will buy electricity at Rs 3.50 per unit. The farmer can use the electricity generated from this solar farm for his requirement too and can sell the remaining units to the government.

Farmers in the state are currently receiving eight hours of electricity for use, but with the implementation of this scheme, they will start receiving twelve hours of electricity, this apart from the opportunity to sell the excess electricity their farm generates to the government.

The farmer has to pay only five percent of the total cost initially and it will receive a loan further for this purpose at an interest rate of four percent for a period of four years. This is a pilot project with 12,400 farmers participating in it. 137 feeders have been set up in 33 districts of Gujarat, which will generate an estimated 175 MW of energy. Four electricity firms have joined hands to implement this scheme.

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