THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As the current academic year is about to end, 41 schools will be getting Steady Power Supply. 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 schools. Energy Management Centre took up the initiative to set up 20kW solar unit in the premises of the select schools. Net amount of Rs. 80,000 will be invested by each shool with amounts to come from PTA, MLA, MP funds or from the assistance of local self-governments and remaining amount to set up the solar generation unit to be borne by ANERT.
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. ANERT director R Harikumar said,
“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,”
The Energy Management Centre took up the plan to convert 500 Government schools into energy efficient school last year by assisting them in replacing all electrical equipment with energy efficient (star rated) ones. EMC director Dhareshan Unnithan said,
“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”
It is all based on the request from the schools only 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. The power generation capacity of these units would decrease by 10% when they cross 20 years of lifetime. But it would continue to work for several more years, sources in EMC said.
Source: Times of India