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Solar connect: Uninterrupted power supply to 41 schools

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As many as 41 government/aided schools in the state would be getting uninterrupted power supply by the end of the current academic year.

Agency for non-conventional energy and rural technology (ANERT) in association with State Energy Management Centre is taking steps to set up solar power generation units at these select schools.

"The schools have been identified by Energy Management Centre. The schools will have to spend Rs 80,000 for setting up a 2kW solar power unit on their premises. The rest of the expense to set up the solar generation unit would be borne by ANERT," ANERT director R Harikumar said.

The school's share for the project is met through the contribution of PTA, MLA, MP funds or from the assistance of local self-governments. The scheme is part of a package introduced by ANERT for schools. As per this, ANERT would provide 50% subsidy to one school each in 41 educational districts to set up 2kW solar unit and a portable biogas plant with one cubic metre capacity.

The Energy Management Centre had turned as many as 500 government and aided schools energy efficient during the last academic year, by giving them assistance to replace all electrical equipment with energy efficient (star rated) ones. "The 41 schools being shortlisted are from among the 500 energy efficient schools. As of now, steps have been taken to install 2kW solar units in 21 schools. A tender has been floated to identify agencies interested in setting up the units as per the set specifications. The units would be installed in other schools before the end of the current academic year," EMC director Dhareshan Unnithan said.

Once the plant is set up, the schools would not have to worry about the power outages in the KSEB grid. It was based on the request from the schools themselves that ANERT decided to install solar units with storage battery facility. The average life for solar panels is assessed at 25 years. However, the units would continue to run even after 25 years.

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  • News Section: Solar Energy News
  • Month: February
  • Year: 2018
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