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Kerala launches 10,000 rooftop solar programme

Posted: 13 Feb 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Kerala  solar power  rooftop  solar panels  power plant 

Kerala has launched a programme to generate over 10 MW of solar power through over 10,000 rooftop solar power systems. The new initiative was launched by Farooq Abdullah, minister for new and renewable energy (MNRE) at Tiruvanthapuram.

Under the programme, solar panels with 1 kW capacity would be installed on the rooftops of 10,000 houses. This is equivalent to setting up a 10 MW power plant.

This is the biggest programme sanctioned to Kerala so far with an overall expenditure of over Rs.175 crore and budgetary support of over Rs.80 crore from the MNRE, the government stated.

The aggregated and complete project is expected to generate 1.50 crore units of electricity annually.

Farooq Abdullah also pledged the Ministry's support for the second phase of the project aimed at reaching over 50,000 households with a subsidy support of over Rs.200 crore.

The project has been sanctioned by MNRE under Solar Off-Grid Photovoltaic programme of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).

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