A 15-kW solar power plant, set up atop the district panchayat building here, was formally commissioned by N.A. Nellikkunnu, MLA, here on Thursday.The plant, set up at a cost of Rs.15.25 lakh by the public sector Keltron, forgoes the conventional battery backup system.
It will meet the entire energy requirements of the office and would transfer the surplus energy to the Kerala State Electricity Board grid at a time when the district faced recurring power cuts coupled with fluctuations.The function, presided over by district panchayat president A.G.C Basheer, was attended by the governing body members besides KSEB officials.The office also installed a Net Metre to calculate the electricity transmitted to and received from the KSEB.
The district panchayat has prepared a project for the current fiscal to energise three district hospitals, three veterinary centres, two agricultural farms, 82 high schools, 56 higher secondary schools and 14 vocational higher secondary schools. The commissioning of these solar plants is expected to generate 2,000 kW and would be able supply the surplus electricity to the KSEB grid. The district panchayat would be able to meet the proposed project expenses out of the special budgetary allocation made for broadening solar power units across the State, besides utilising from its special fund, a district panchayat official said.