The Government of India has launched a scheme for 100% solarisation of Konark Temple and Konark Town in odisha. The MNRE has taken up the complete solarisation of Konark Sun Temple and Konark town in Odisha.
The objective of this scheme is to take forward Prime Minister Modi’s Vision to develop the historical Sun Temple twon of Konak as “Surya Nagari”, to convey a message of synergy between the modern use of Solar energy and the ancient Sun Temple and the importance of promoting solar energy.
The scheme envisages setting up of the 10-MW grid connected solar project and various solar off-grid applications such as solar trees, solar drinking water kiosks and off-grid solar power plants with battery storage, with a 100 percent central financial assistance (CFA) support of around Rs. 25 crore from the Government of India through the MNRE.
About Sun Temple
The word Konark is made up of ‘Kona’ and ‘Arka’, which means ‘corner’ and ‘sun’ respectively, it means ‘Sun of the corner’. Konark temple is dedicated to the Sun god and it is situated on the north eastern corner of the Puri, Odisha. This temple was built by King Narasimhadeva I of the eastern Ganga Dynasty (1238-1264 AD) in the 13th century.