Thiruvananthapuram: On a bigger note, Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) Limited is taking a giant step towards the establishment of renewable energy infrastructure. The solar energy projects will be able to generate over 1870 MW which is pretty expensive in comparison to the contemporary figure of 103.2 MW.
The idea is to implement latest trends in solar plants, rooftop energy generation project, and water-body surface utilization. In fact, the public body also wants to utilize the unused lands to set solar plants. All the projects will belong to the Solar Connect and Solar Smart category. The board has also announced a subsidy of 50% where the state will bear 20% of the expenditure and the rest by the center.
The board aims to install 2 to 100 kW rooftop plants. These Solar Connect infrastructures will be linked with the KSEB grid. A big shot KSEBL official quoted “If even one percent of the one-crore plus domestic consumers opt for roof-top solar, we estimate that at least 250 MW could be generated.
Power Minister Mr. M. M. Mani depicted “Setting up solar plants over the state's dams and the sprawling expanse of the surface of inland water bodies has been identified as having great potential. To allay any environmental concerns, we will utilize just 10 percent of the total space available during the initial phase.”
He also highlighted that the revenue generated can be partially distributed to the scheduled caste and tribal families who are staying near the projects. The shortage of land can be met by using the unused government lands and the pavilion of the playgrounds.