GIZ Installs PV Port Systems in Swaminarayan Akshardham Mandir, Gandhinagar

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH under the project ‘Integration of Renewable Energies in the Indian Electricity System (I-RE)’ commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) has recently installed 10 PV Port systems in Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, Gandhinagar.

A PV Port system is a standard plug-n-play photovoltaic system designed by GIZ having a system size of a minimum of 2 kWp with or without battery storage. These lighthouse systems have been installed under the initiative by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE, Govt of India), for developing RE cities across India. GIZ under the first phase aims to transform the city of Gandhinagar into a 100% RE City and under one of the planned activities will deploy 40 such PV port systems across prominent public places in Gandhinagar.

Through such systems, GIZ aims to demonstrate the features of the plug-and-play system and raise awareness amongst the public which would eventually assist in the upscaling and commercialization of such systems. By utilizing the AC sockets provided, the public can charge mobile phones, laptops, small EVs, and other small equipment. Any additional power generated will be fed to the local loads. These 10 PV Port systems installed in the spiritual and cultural campus will complement the existing 200 kWp solar system installed and the efforts of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) to effectively replace the conventional polluting fuels.

The Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) also commonly known as BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha is a registered and reputed Charitable Trust in India, and an NGO in Consultative Status with the EcoSoC of the United Nations.

For more information on the project, please contact Mr. Joerg Gaebler, Principal Advisor, joerg.gaebler(at)