A collective of 6 farmers in Gujarat is harnessing solar energy to produce electricity in their fields. This not only helps them generate electricity in-house, but also gives them an additional income by selling the extra units of electricity.
These farmers have started the country’s first solar cooperative, and their inspiring idea of solarising agriculture might persuade more farmers to adopt this technique, triggering India’s solar revolution further.
“Solarising the highly subsidized farm power segment will improve the utilities’ finances while putting additional income in the hands of our farmers. Another advantage of this model is the minimal land footprint since farmers can continue to use the land under solar panels to grow crops,” said research project head, Tushaar Shah to Times of India.
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