The Kerala state government’s attempt to popularize solar-based small-scale power plants is getting a solid response from the public.
The Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (Anert), which is implementing the scheme, has received around 4,000 applications for setting up power plants of 1 kWp capacity.
“The initial public response is pretty good. Our target is to set up 10,000 rooftop solar power plants in the current fiscal. Once we finalize our technology partners and the cost per plant, we expect more people to take up the scheme,” Anert director P Valsaraj said.
Though the government had planned to rope in interested households for setting up 15,000 grid-connected rooftop solar power plants across the state, the idea was shelved because the Union government subsidy for solar plants is limited to ‘off grid’ power plants. The beneficiaries of the scheme would get around Rs 1.2 lakh as subsidy from the state and central governments. The selected households will have to spend around Rs 1 lakh for setting up a plant. The electricity department hopes to generate 10MW power by setting up 10,000 such units.
Valsaraj said several companies had come forward to partner with Anert for the project. “We would be empanelling at least 20 top-rated companies to provide technical assistance. Once this is done, we would be able to create a benchmark for the quality of equipment and fix the price structure,” he said.
Thiruvananthapuram: The state government’s attempt to popularise solar based small scale power plants has started getting impressive response from public. Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT), nodal agency for the scheme roll out, has received around 4000 applications for setting up the power plants of 1 KWp capacity.
The initial public response towards the subsidized scheme is pretty good. Our target is to set up 10,000 roof top mount solar power plants during the current fiscal. Once we complete the process of finalising the technology partners and the cost per plant, we expect more people to show interest towards the scheme”, said P Valsaraj, director of ANERT.
Though the state government had at first planned to rope in interested households for setting up 15,000 grid connected roof top solar power plants across the state, the idea had to be shelved primarily because the Union government subsidy to the solar plants is limited only to off grid” power plants.
Beneficiaries of the scheme would get around Rs 1.2 lakh as subsidy from the state and central governments together. For setting up a single plant, the selected households will have to spend around Rs 1 lakh. By setting up 10,000 such units, the state power department hops to generate 10 MW of solar energy.
According to Valsaraj, several companies with national presence have expressed their willingness to part with ANERT for the roll of the solar power project in a technically competent, yet financially viable manner.
We would be empanelling at least 20 top rated companies for providing technical assistance for the roll out of the scheme. Once the empanelment is through, we would be able to create a bench mark for the quality of equipment and price structure for small scale solar power plants in the state”, he said.
Source: Times of India