By the end of 2018, nearly forty one government and aided schools in Thiruvanthpuram will get access to uninterrupted electricity. Agency for non-conventional energy and rural technology (ANERT) along with support from State Energy Management Centre is looking after the decision of installing solar power generation units for these forty one schools.
Energy Management Centre shortlisted the schools, and every school will be needed to spend INR 80,000 for the installation of 2kW solar power unit on their premises. ANERT will take care of any other expenses that will take place.
Next question is where will the schools get the money from? It is planned that schools will get their contributions from PTA, MLA, MP funds or assistance from local self-government. ANERT has introduced packages for schools and the scheme comes under it. The scheme gives the school 50% subsidy for setting up 2kW solar units and portable biogas plant with one cubic meter capacity.
Over the last academic year, Energy Management Centre had made over 500 government and aided schools energy efficient. It provided the schools with all the energy efficient (star ratings) equipment. The chosen 41 shortlisted schools are from the 500 energy efficient schools. Currently, steps have been taken to install 2kW solar units in 20 schools so far only. The tender for this project is out and interested companies can bid for the project. Other schools will get their units by the end of the current academic year.
There have been power outages in the KSEB grid and after the installation of the solar power units, these schools would not need to worry about electricity cuts. ANERT decided to install the solar units with quite a small life after many pleas from the schools themselves. An average solar panel may work for as long as 25 years. However, the units can run longer and the power generation capacity would drop by only 10% over the period of 20 years. But yet it can work for several more year after the functioning get over.