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Abdullah launches solar power initiative in Kerala

Posted on Feb 11, 06:46PM | IBNS

Tiruvanthapuram, Feb 11 : Kerala has become the first state in the country to launch an ambitious programme to generate over 10 MW of solar power through over 10000 roof-top solar power systems of I kw each to be installed at individual houses.

The programme was formally launched by Union New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah at Tiruvanthapuram on Monday.

Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy was also present on the occasion.

This is the biggest program sanctioned to Kerala so far with an overall expenditure of over Rs 175 crores and budgetary support of over Rs. 80 crores from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

The aggregated and complete project is expected to generate 15 Million Units of electricity annually.

Speaking on the occasion, Abdullah congratulated the state of Kerala for taking this initiative.

He also promised his 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 crores.

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

The Mission- launched in 2010- aims to achieve a target of 200 MW of off-grid solar applications to be achieved by the end of March.

This target is apart from 20 Million Solar Home Systems to be installed by 2022.

The Ministry has already sanctioned several projects to various states including Kerala.