The allocation of first installation of fund to develop Kochi as a solar city has been released by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
The first tranche of Rs 19.42 lakh will be used to prepare the master plan for the solar city programme within a year along with a few detailed project reports (DPRs). Once prepared, the report will be presented to the implementing agency of the project- Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT).
In all, the MNRE will provide Rs 48.84 lakh for the solar city project which will be used for various implementation and promotional activities.
The solar city programme aims at promoting renewable energy technology within a city, preferably solar energy. The city administration will install solar street lights, solar home lights, solar powered garden lights, and for other lighting purposes at hospitals, hotels, schools, major administrative offices, etc to bring down reliance on fossil fuel based power utilisation.
In Kochi the, solar city project is being coordinated by the Centre for Heritage, Environment and Development (c-hed), an agency under the Kochi Corporation.
The Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural technology (ANERT) is taking all possible steps to give impetus to the solar energy utilisation programmes by distributing 2,000 more solar lanterns during the current financial year in the state of Kerala.
Those whose names are shortlisted in the first phase will get the products from October 20 onwards. In the first phase, based on the token numbers issued to them from the ANERTS’ regional office in Kozhikode, 500 selected beneficiaries will get the solar lanterns, as per the officials.
According to the officials, 500 selected beneficiaries will get the solar lanterns in the first phase based on the token numbers issued to them from the ANERTS’ regional office in Kozhikode.
By October 27th, the first stock will be cleared. The beneficiaries can obtain the product on their ration cards and the token. Under the project, the beneficiaries get quality product certified by the government at a price of Rs 889 as against the market price of Rs 2,000.
Meanwhile, the new project comes as part of ANERT’s state-wide solar thermal and solar photovoltaic projects, which aim to harness the non-conventional energy sources. The state government is working alongside the project to allot roof-top solar power plants also.
According to officials from the ANERT’s regional office in Kozhikode, the government is mulling to continue with the solar lantern programme owing to its huge popularity among the people and its increased demand.
The grid-connected solar power projects are likely to get impetus in Kerala, as the Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) is mulling to expand schemes in the grid-connected mode.
The initiative is taken to curb wastage of power, as the unused power cannot be retained in the off-grid mode of operation of solar energy plants, which are installed under the 10,000 rooftop solar programme.
Meanwhile, a project for the installation of grid-connected power plants of 30 KW to 100 KW at different IT parks is to be executed. M Jayaraju, Director of Anert informed that there was need to effectively tackle the problem of wastage of power through grid-connected plants. He added that the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) was addressing the issue at the national level, as it was likely to give approval for the grid interactive mode.
More than 13,000 people have been enrolled under the 10,000 rooftop solar programme in the state, which is being jointly undertaken by the central and the state governments. Under the scheme, 7,000 domestic units, each having a capacity of 1 kW, have been installed.
The local bodies in Kerala are all set to get the much needed impetus as Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) has extended support to them. With an aim to execute, the solar policy, few of the local bodies took the decision to generate power from solar energy.
At least 30 LSGs were listed for installation of solar panels and many more will follow the suit.
The provincial government had invited tenders for the installation of photovoltaic (PV) power plants, and they lacked technical specification. Meanwhile, the power department had issued order to all the local bodies and ensured that they adhered to the technical specifications at the time of the installation of the solar panels.
The order mentioned that they had to cancel the tender process of the local bodies for the installation of the solar power plants as they were not able to undertake technical evaluation.
Anert director M Jayaraju said that that panels were not installed at the places where there was maximum sun light and after the government issued an order, the local bodies got in touch with Anert for the installation of the solar plants, which are in accordance with the specifications given by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
The local bodies are mulling to install solar panels with a capacity of 5 KW to 10 KW, depending upon the size of the office and available fund. Anert is also looking forward to set up photovoltaic solar plants at the 10 collectorates in the state. Jayaraju added that in all probability, the power generated would be 50 KW, 100 KW and the central government has also released the funds for the same.
The state government of Kerala is all set to implement a grid-connected rooftop solar power programme where solar panels will be installed at various government and non-governmental institutions.
The nodal agency in the state- Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT)- has sought central subsidies to the tune of Rs 18 crore, and has submitted a proposal in that regard. The agency has applied for the 30 per cent discount offered by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for such projects.
According to M Jayaraju, director at ANERT, the project aims to establish rooftop solar power systems with a cumulative installed capacity of 1.83 MW at various location which include State Assembly, Kerala University’s Kariavattom campus, 10 collectorate buildings, other government and private buildings.
The capacity of projects is to vary between 50 kW to 100 kW depending on the area available for installing solar panels. Work has already started on a 100-KW project at Ernakulam collectorate building.
The draft of the solar policy for Kerala is ready and is awaiting Cabinet nod, a senior Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) has said.
M Jayaraju, Director, ANERT, was quoted as saying by The Hindu that the policy was drafted a fortnight ago and the final version would be published after the Cabinet approves it.
Quoting some sources, it also reported that the draft policy had been conceptualised much earlier and ANERT was supposed to implement it from this April; however, the government did not approve the plan.
The basis of the policy is the Electricity Act, 2003, which emphasises on promotion of renewable energy. The draft policy aims at increasing the capacity of the solar power in the state to 500MW by 2017 and 1500MW by 2030.
Kerala intends to make use of solar water heating system (SWHS) mandatory in industrial buildings, government as well as private hospitals and nursing homes, resorts, hotels, catering units and industrial canteens. Also, individual residential buildings with an area of 3000 sq ft and above will come under the purview of the policy.
Several activists – environmental, social and human rights, has urged Kerala to formulate a solar energy policy for its people, at a time when the declining power availability and rising power bill in the State are rampant.
The activists led by V.R. Krishna Iyer included Sugatha Kumari, C.R. Neelakandan, M. Geethanandan, Sara Joseph and C.K. Janu pointed out that the UDF had a policy that facilitates private players in the renewable energy sector. Such a situation had helped sham entrepreneurs to float fraudulent businesses in the solar energy sector and the recent scam that involving the Chief Minister’s office was a spin-off of such a policy.
The activists said that the current power crisis called for exploring non-conventional energy sources, especially wind and solar. However, the government is lukewarm to this and ANERT is not empowered to take it up.
They said that the Centre had offered to substantially support the setting up of 10,000 rooftop solar units with high subsidy, but Kerala has not taken steps. The activists sought formulating a solar energy policy and launch programmes to make use of the schemes available.
Kerala’s Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) has initiated a solar lantern scheme that has evoked warm response among the people reeling under increasing power tariff.
Over half of the 1000 pieces up for distribution have already been sold to the registered beneficiaries and ANERT officers have placed an order for 500 additional pieces to meet the increased demand. The first phase of the distribution will come to a close in a few days and the new registration will begin soon, they said.
ANERT has devised a token system for trouble-free distribution of the lanterns to all the registered beneficiaries – they can obtain the lanterns by producing their ration cards and the token. The project offers a product certified by the government at Rs.889 against the market price of Rs.2,000.
The beneficiaries are now selected in a way so as to give a proportionate representation to all gram panchayats in a district. According to official estimations, more than 12,000 solar lanterns will be distributed across the Malabar region at the subsidised rate.
The state government of Kerala aims to install around 500 MW of new solar power capacity by 2017, according to its newly launched draft solar policy for 2013. The policy- Kerala Solar Energy Policy 2013- which will come into force from April 1, 2013 will consider installation of both solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies.
The policy intends to add grid-connected solar power capacity besides emphasis on off-grid solar applications, rooftop installations, and canal top installations. It has been made mandatory to install solar water heating (SWH) systems in all industrial buildings for water heating process, hospitals, hotels, resorts, large residential buildings, government buildings and others.
According to notes from Kerala’s Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT), solar power is seen as an important component is addressing the issue of energy crisis in the state. “This policy seeks to evaluate in a realistic manner the possibilities of harnessing solar energy to optimal levels and to put in place the necessary framework,” the note says.
The draft policy also calls for enhancing the transmission facility with a specific focus on developing the concept of micro-grids.
Luminous Power Technologies, one of the leading power back-up solution providers in India, will be installing rooftop solar PV plants in Kerala. According to company sources, the Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) has shortlisted Luminous for installing a major portion of the stipulated 10, 000 MW solar rooftop plants in the state.
The state government has come out with a programme to harness power by installing rooftop solar plants across the state, and ANERT is responsible for implementation of the programme. According to Manish Pant, MD of Luminous Power Technologies, they will be installing solar rooftop plants with 1kw capacity that will generate electricity from sun light.
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