Power Minister Kadakampally Surendran has said that the State will generate 500 MW power from solar power projects in the State in two years. Speaking after dedicating a dam-top solar project of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) on the Banasura Sagar Dam at Padinharethara in Wayanad district to the nation on Monday, Mr. Surendran said that as the State was purchasing 65 per cent of the electricity needed, a core change should take place in power production sector of the State.
The government had decided to go ahead with various power projects including solar and wind energy projects, suitable for the State in the coming years, Mr. Surendran said.
“The power crisis of the State, especially during summer, can be tackled up to a certain extent by utilising non-conventional energy sources,” Mr. Surendran said adding that the public should consider solar panels on rooftops, while they planned new houses. This is the fifth such project in the State and the second one in the district.
The KSEB has spent Rs.4.293 crore on the project, which will generate 5 lakh units of power a year.
1,760 solar panels
As many as 1,760 solar panels, each with a capacity of 250 Watts, have been installed on the dam top road at a length of 285 metres. Besides, nine inverters, each with 50-KW capacity, and a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to control and monitor power generation have also been installed on the dam top as part of the project.