Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Electricity Board has approved the rooftop solar power plant project. In the first phase, solar panels will be installed on 60,000 buildings to generate power. Tender for this project will be KSEB has prepared the project to generate 1000 MW solar power in the state. Applications are also invited from beneficiaries.
KSEB chairman NS Pillai informed that solar panels will be installed on 60,000 buildings including houses, shops and offices.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is the consultant for the project. Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy will dispense subsidy to establish the solar power plants. Final approval was given to two tenders submitted by companies namely Engineering, Procurement and
Construction (EPC) and Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO).
As per EPC’s tender either KSEB or the beneficiary should make a payment for installing the solar plant. The solar power plants will be established by the company which qualifies the tender procedure. As per the project, the company should generate power to the beneficiary at the least amount for a period of 5 years.
RESCO proposed a different plan compared to EPC. The beneficiary should allot a space on rooftop of his house to install the plant. The company will establish the power plant at their own expense. 200 MW power will be generated with the two projects. EPC will produce 50 MW and RESCO will generate 150 MW.
KSEB member and Finance Department head expressed doubt that whether EPC model which demands payment from KSEB will be applicable or not. But the project was approved after KSEB has given an explanation on it. Plants established under EPC model is very few compared to RESCO.