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The Central Government has come out with a renewable energy scheme that provides urban local bodies with the capacity to address the power shortage in their areas.

The entire cost of implementing this project, called ‘Solar City,' would be borne by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The scheme is being implemented in the State through Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA), S.E.S. Syed Ahamed, Deputy General Manager, TEDA Madurai Region. The TEDA Madurai Region comprised 11 southern and central districts.

“The Central Government has been motivating not only the people but also the State Governments to aim in reduction in the conventional energy thereby compensating with renewable energy. The MNRE aims to set up a maximum of 60 such Solar Cities with at least one in each State,” he said.

The Centre hoped to achieve the target by providing support for Master Plan for the Solar City. While the total financial commitment for this scheme was Rs.98.50 crore, the Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for Master plan per city was Rs.50 lakh and total financial assistance would be Rs.2.50 crore per city






As pilot projects, he informed, the ten cities would be covered during the 11 { t} { h} Five Year Plan on a ‘first-come first-serve' basis. In Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore has been chosen as for coverage in the initial phases.

Urban local bodies with population between 50,000 and 50 lakh in their jurisdiction could apply for this project through TEDA. The project would require details such as total number of street lights and other areas of energy consumption in the target area.

The Solar City project would focus on devices such as solar systems such as building integrated photovoltaic systems, kitchen waste-based plants, solar water heating systems, solar cooking systems, solar steam generating/drying/air heating systems, solar concentrators for process heat applications, solar air-conditioning, power projects on methane recovery from Standard, Temperature and Pressure (STPs) condition, bio-mass gasification based systems and biogas besides wind.

Mr. Syed said that TEDA was making efforts to bring in more cities under this scheme as a way to tackle the power crisis in the State. He said that TEDA had identified around 200 beneficiaries in Kanyakumari district to provide solar home lighting system free of cost under ‘Part II' scheme at a cost of Rs.45 Lakh.


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Tamilnadu state scheme energisation of street lights with solar energy




1. Introduction : 

 The Government in the Governor’s address in Tamil Nadu Legislative 

Assembly on 3.6.2011 had announced that “This Government will launch a 

‘Solar Powered Green House Scheme’ for the benefit of the poor in the rural 

areas and construct houses measuring about 300 square feet with an unit 

cost of Rs.1.80 lakhs by meeting the entire cost by Government”. The 

scheme aims at providing solar powered green house  for the poor living 

below poverty line in rural areas. 



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Accordingly it is proposed to construct 60,000  Solar Powered Green Houses 

of 300 square feet each, every year for the next five years commencing from 

2011-12 at an unit cost of Rs.1,80,000/- per house.  The scheme will be 

named as “Chief Minister’s Solar Powered Green House Scheme (CMSPGHS)” 

2. Salient features of the Scheme : 

i) All the people living below poverty line in rural areas will be eligible for 

Solar Powered Green Houses.  

ii) Each house will have an area of 300 square feet and will be constructed at 

an unit cost of Rs.1,80,000/- fully funded by the State Government. 

iii) Every house will have a living room, bed room, kitchen, toilet and   

verandah apart from Rain Water Harvesting provision.  

iv) Each house will be provided with 5 solar powered lights, one each in bed 

room, living room, kitchen, toilet and verandah. All the lights will be of 

Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL). Every beneficiary will also have the option 

of an electric connection powered by TNEB which will be metered.  v) The unit cost will be Rs.1.80 lakhs per house @  Rs.1.50 lakh for 

construction and Rs.30,000/- for Solar Powered Lights. Solar Powered Lights 

estimate of Rs 30,000 is a rough cost estimate. 

vi) The RD&PR Department will take up the construction of houses and Tamil 

Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) will execute  the solar lighting 


vii) The green houses will be constructed either  in situ (replacing his/her 

existing dwelling structure)  or in the land owned  by the beneficiary 

elsewhere in the Village Panchayat. No land acquisition is envisaged under 

this scheme. People only with pattas for their house sites will be eligible 

under this scheme.  

viii) The supply, installation and commissioning of solar panels and lights will 

be undertaken directly by TEDA by following  established procedures in      

co-ordination with the Project Directors of District Rural Development 


3. Type design and Unit cost : 

i) Each house shall be constructed with a maximum plinth area of 300 sq.ft 

and the unit cost shall be Rs.1.80 lakhs per house. The houses will be built 

with a living room, bed room, kitchen and a toilet. Wherever possible, the 

toilet shall be constructed by dovetailing funds from the Total Sanitation 

Campaign.  Rain Water Harvesting Structure shall be  provided in all the 

houses.  The Solar Powered lighting system will be installed by TEDA in coordination with the District officials. 

ii) An exclusive type design for this scheme has been developed and the 

construction of houses should not exceed the permissible limit of 300 sq.ft. 

To ensure uniformity in the design, no change of type design is permitted.  

iii) However, changes in type design, such as shifting of kitchen room or 

bedroom to another direction etc. shall be permitted without altering  the 

total plinth area of 300 sq.ft. iv) The logo for this scheme printed on ceramic tiles shall be affixed visibly 

on all the houses as shown in the design. The sample  logo will be circulated 

by the Directorate of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj to all Districts.  

v) The name of the scheme, beneficiary’s name and year of construction 

shall be painted prominently on each completed house.  

vi) Cost effective technologies and fast track construction will also be 

permitted under the scheme.  The usage, suitability and structural stability 

of the houses to be constructed using such technologies shall be approved 

by the Superintending Engineer (RD) of the Directorate of Rural 

Development and Panchayat Raj. 

4. Installation of Solar Powered Home Lighting System : 

The following modalities shall be followed in the installation, operation 

and maintenance of solar powered lights:- 

• Each house shall have 5 CFL lights through Solar Photo Voltaic 

(SPV) System.   

• The internal wiring will be done as part of the civil construction. 

TEDA will do up to the change over including the installation of 

the change over switch. 

• There shall be a 2 year warranty period and 1/2/3 year 

Comprehensive Annual Maintenance Contract (CAMC) period for 

the systems supplied based on the rates quoted.  The Suppliers 

should set up District level/ Block level Service Centres.  A 

District level Helpline shall also be installed by  the 


• The amount of Rs.30,000/- per house for SPV Home lighting 

system will be drawn by the Commissioner of  Rural 

Development and deposited with TEDA.  The subsidy amount 

eligible for the solar lighting system shall be claimed by Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department from Ministry of 

New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), GOI and remitted to 

Government of Tamil Nadu account. TEDA will facilitate claim of 

the subsidy from MNRE. 

• Any savings and interest accrued by TEDA while implementing 

the scheme shall be remitted to the Government of Tamil Nadu  


• Tenders shall be floated by TEDA as per Transparency in Tenders 


• TEDA shall bring out Brochures/Hand outs and other  training 

materials on the usage and maintenance of the SPV equipments.  

A Hand out on Dos and Don’ts should also be prepared by TEDA 

in the local language and distributed to the beneficiaries.  

• Training Modules shall be prepared by TEDA to train the 

Panchayat Presidents, Panchayat Assistants, select  SHG 

Members and other local functionaries deemed fit, so that they 

can have effective interface between the beneficiaries and 


Execution of works : 

        The erection and commissioning agencies shall be responsible for two 

years warranty with additional 1/2/3 years comprehensive maintenance 

contract. TEDA will station one AEE/AE and one Junior Assistant cum 

Computer Operator at each DRDA who will liaise with PD DRDA for day to 

day coordination and supervision. PD DRDA shall provide TEDA a room in 

DRDA for housing TEDA office. i. Quality Control & Inspection 

TEDA will engage Project Management Consultants and  a third party 

inspection agency, whose responsibility will be to  ensure that all the 

materials used and the workmanship conform to the prescribed 

specifications. The inspection will cover quality checks of major materials at 

pre-shipment stage at the vendor’s outlet.  

The PMC will ensure that 100% of the lights are installed after 

inspection. Any defect in the SPV Home Lighting System will be brought to 

the notice of TEDA by the beneficiary/Panchayat/Block/District 

Administration for immediate rectification.   

In case quality check reveals 'unsatisfactory' work, the implementing 

agency (TEDA) shall ensure that the contractor replace the material or 

rectifies the workmanship (as the case may be) within the time period 

stipulated. All works rated 'unsatisfactory' shall  be re-inspected after a 

rectification report has been received from the contractor. Funds will be 

released to the commissioning agencies only after receiving successful 

inspection reports. TEDA will designate an appropriate senior officer as 

incharge of the Monitoring system. 

ii.Maintenance of the System: 

As part of the tender the commissioning agencies shall be responsible 

to train the beneficiaries as well as 4 SHG members in each Panchayat to do 

regular preventive and routine maintenance.  

iii.State Empowered Committee 

State Empowered Committee constituted by the state  under the 

Chairmanship of  Chief Secretary, Government of TN with following members 

will sanction the projects, including revised costs estimates, monitor and 

review the implementation of the scheme in addition to issuing necessary 

guidelines from time to time for effective implementation of the scheme. This Committee will also approve the technical specifications and the tender 

documents, and will recommend the final bid price to the appropriate 

authority for acceptance. 

CMD, TEDA- Member, Secretary 

Secretary, Energy Department 

Secretary, RD&PR Department 

Secretary, Finance Department 

Commissioner, RD&PR Department 


Dr Giridhar, CWET 

Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Chairman RTBI, IIT Madras 

iv. Funds release and Subsidy Claim : 

 The Commissioner of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj will draw 

the funds and release the same to TEDA.   Funds to the companies shall be 

released based on the progress of installation.  Final payment should be 

made after the satisfactory completion of the work duly getting a certificate 

relating to completion from the competent authority of TEDA. TEDA will 

facilitate the RD Department in obtaining the subsidy share (CFA) from the 

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India for 

reimbursing to the State Government. In this regard the RD Department 

would submit the application in the format stipulated by MNRE. 

v. Warranty : 

TEDA should ensure the norms for good quality as per the  approved 

standards of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE).  There should be 

warranty for each item such as solar panel, Battery, etc. which is to be taken 

care in the agreement itself. The SPV lighting system will have a warranty of 

two years.  Further, the rate for Comprehensive Annual Maintenance 

contract (CAMC) will be called for another 3 years (beyond 2 years warranty 

period) through a tendering process.  Depending on the rates quoted and 

the funds available the number of years for CAMC will be finalized by TEDA. vi. Training Materials : 

TEDA will bring out Brochures/Hand outs and other training materials 

on the usage and maintenance of the SPV lighting equipments.  A Handout 

on Dos and Don’ts will also be prepared and made available by TEDA. 

vii. Facilitation and Co-ordination by District administration : 

• The list of Village Panchayats selected along with  the details of 

houses where SPV Home Lighting Systems are to be installed 

should be communicated to TEDA well in advance. 

• Coordination with Project Management Consultant appointed by 

TEDA through District Managers of TEDA, for the installation of SPV 

Home Lighting Systems. 

• The full address and contact phone numbers of the manufacturers / 

suppliers / installation and commissioning contractors (AMC 

holders) should be made available at the District level, Block level 

and at the Village Panchayat level by TEDA for easy and effective 

communication at times of need.  

viii. Comprehensive Annual Maintenance Contract (CAMC): 

The Warranty and the Comprehensive Annual Maintenance Contract 

(CAMC) entered with TEDA on behalf of the beneficiaries will be handed over 

to the beneficiaries after successful installation.   

5. Eligibility of the Beneficiaries : 

        The beneficiary should: 

• reside within the village panchayat ; 

• find a place in the BPL permanent wait list of the village 


• own a site of not less than 300 sq.ft. area; • have clear patta for the site/house in the name of the head of 

the family or any other member of the household. 

• not own any other pucca concrete house in the village or 


• not have benefited under any other housing scheme of the 


6. Selection of Beneficiaries :  

i) A permanent wait list of BPL for each Village Panchayat should be drawn 

and the poorest of the poor should be selected. 

ii) While preparing the list of beneficiaries, priority should be given to 

differently abled, widows, destitute and deserted women, women headed 

families, transgender, HIV/AIDS/TB affected who are certified by DD (Health 

Services) concerned and victims of natural calamities such as fire, flood, etc. 

Priority shall also be given to households having a mentally challenged 

person in the family.  

iii) Any eligible poor person whose name does not figure in the BPL list can 

apply to the Block Development Officer and an Assistant Director level officer 

of RD&PR Department may verify the fact and with the concurrence of 

District Collector, his name may be included in the BPL list and approval of 

Grama Sabha shall be obtained for the same. In the  event of inclusion, 

his/her name will become a part of the permanent wait list and considered 

for selection accordingly.  

iv) The Village Panchayats should draw a list of eligible beneficiaries living 

below poverty line under this scheme and place it before the Grama Sabha 

for its approval. 

7. Verification of the Beneficiaries : 

The Village Panchayats should handover the list of  selected 

beneficiaries  to the concerned Block Development Officer (BP). Deputy 

Block Development Officer and the Overseer concerned should verify the beneficiary list relating to land ownership, area etc. at field level and ensure 

eligibility of the beneficiary and availability of the site.  

8. Allocation of Houses : 

(i) At the State level, the Commissioner of Rural Development & 

Panchayat Raj shall allocate the no. of houses to be constructed under this 

scheme for each district in a year. 

ii)  At the District level, the District Collector  shall decide the allotment of 

houses to the Village Panchayats. 

iii) The Village Panchayats should allocate the houses to the selected 

beneficiaries based on the priority category of people found in the BPL 

Permanent Wait List approved by the Grama Sabha. 

9. Issue of Work Order : 

The Block Development Officer (BP) should issue the work order to the 

beneficiaries after confirming the eligibility of beneficiaries with reference to 

title and site by the officials of RD&PR Dept.  

10. Marking of site : 

The concerned Union Overseer of a particular Village Panchayat shall 

mark the site as per the type design approved by the Government for 

commencement of work. 

11. Supply of materials : 

Cement :  

At the State level, necessary steps will be taken to ensure smooth supply 

of cement for construction of houses at village panchayats. Cement supply 

shall be arranged through M/s.TANCEM and the payment may be made by 

DRDA at District level and the amount will be adjusted from the scheme 


Steel :  

Similarly, Project Directors of DRDAs should take necessary steps to 

procure steel based on the needs of their district and payment will be made by DRDAs at District level and the amount will be adjusted from the scheme 


Doors and Windows :

Beneficiaries can themselves arrange for doors and  windows. If the 

beneficiary is unable to arrange for doors & windows, PD, DRDAs should 

arrange for supply of the same and the cost will be deducted from the 

scheme fund. 

For all the above procurements, PDs should work out the total quantity of 

materials needed for their district based on the no. of houses allocated to 


12. Mode of Implementation : 

• The administrative sanction for the scheme based on the district 

allocation for each year shall be accorded by the District 


• The execution of the scheme is entrusted to the BDO(Block 


• The Overseers shall be responsible for the construction and other 

technical aspects of construction. The Block Engineers shall 

check the progress of the houses. 

• The Project Directors, DRDA and Executive Engineers and 

Assistant Executive Engineers (RD) should frequently inspect the 

execution and progress of the houses and ensure its early 

completion. They should also ensure no deviation from the type 

design or any other discrepancies under this scheme. 

13. Documentation :  Photographs exhibiting the beneficiary positioned in front of the house 

in which they reside at present shall be taken. The same process has to be 

repeated after completion of the house. These processes have to be 

documented by the Block Development Officer (BP) before making final 

payment . Out of the fund allocation for the scheme, 1% is allocated for 

documentation and other Information Education and Communication (IEC) 


14. Monitoring : 

The District Collector will review the progress of the construction of 

houses as well as the installation of SPV Home Lighting Systems with Block 

officials and officials of TEDA.  Nodal Officers in the cadre of Assistant 

Director must be appointed by the District Collector to supervise the works.  

The District Collector and the Project Director, District Rural Development 

Agency are the Officers responsible for the proper  implementation of the 

Scheme at District level and TEDA at the State level for the installation of 

SPV Home Lighting Systems. 

15. Release of funds : 

i) The Commissioner of Rural Development & Panchayat Raj is authorised to 

draw the annual allocation for CMSPGHS  in two  half-yearly installments.  

The fund in turn will be released to the districts at the rate of Rs.1,50,000/- 

per house.  The balance amount at the rate of Rs.30,000/- per house shall 

be deposited with Chairman & Managing Director, TEDA for the purchase  

and installation of materials relating to Solar Powered lighting system.  The 

Districts shall release the funds directly to the respective Village Panchayats. 

The funds should not be routed through the Blocks. 

ii) A separate District level Savings Bank Account  at District Headquarters 

shall be opened exclusively for  CMSPGHS by the District 

Collector/Chairman, DRDA. There shall be only one CMSPGHS Savings Bank 

Account at the district level. iii) In the Village Panchayats where the  CMSPGHS is implemented,                      

a sixth account, namely, ‘Village Panchayat CMSPGHS Account’ shall 

be operated. The receipt which shall be credited to, the types of expenditure 

that can be incurred out of and the mode of operation of Village          

Panchayat CMSPGHS Scheme Account are described as under: 

a) Receipts : The receipts to be credited to the ‘Village Panchayat 

CMSPGHS  Account’ shall be the funds received under  CMSPGH Scheme. 

b) Expenditure: The funds credited into the Village Panchayat CMSPGHS 

Account will be spent for payment of the works pertaining to the CMSPGH  

Scheme as prescribed.  

c) Mode of Operation: The above account shall be operated jointly by the

President and Vice-President of the Village Panchayats as is done for the 

Village Panchayat Fund Accounts concerned. However, Collectors should 

instruct all the concerned bank branches in writing to make suitable 

ledger/computer entries to honour the cheques signed by the President and 

Vice-President of the Village Panchayat only if they are accompanied by the 

release order in the form of proceedings of the BDO(BP) for the payment of 

works from the Village Panchayat CMSPGH Account concerned. The cheque 

leaf should also be stamped with “To be paid only if accompanied by 

proceedings of the BDO (Block Panchayat)”. No self-cheques or drawals 

based on withdrawal forms are to be permitted for this account. 

16. The Principal Secretary to Government, RD& PR Department, in 

consultation with the Commissioner of Rural Development & Panchayat Raj, 

is authorized to amend these guidelines based on the exigencies that may 

arise from time to time. 


Principal Secretary to Government 

//True Copy// 


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