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 GENERATION BASED SUBSIDY UNVEILED IN KERALA SOLAR POLICY

The Kerala Solar Energy Policy 2013, which seeks to increase the state’s installed solar power capacity to 500 MW in 2017 and 1500 MW by 2030, intends to make solar water heating system (SWHS) mandatory in industrial buildings, government and private hospitals, resorts and hotels.

The policy, unveiled on Wednesday, speaks of generation-based subsidy instead of the usual capital subsidies for off-grid solar projects. “Generation-based incentives will ensure that the systems are installed, maintained and continue to remain functional,” the Policy states. “The existing capital subsidies will be restructured appropriately,” it adds.

The Policy also identifies the entry of “unscrupulous elements” into the field of solar power as one of the reasons for the low popularity of solar power in the state.

As for grid-connected systems, the policy states that the government will initiate a programme under which all public buildings are provided with generation facilities using appropriate technology options.

“As the load cycle of the government offices match with that of the solar plants, they are fitting cases of solar application,” the policy states. The engineering procurement and construction (EPC) mode of implementation will be replaced by a design-build-operate-and-transfer scheme.

The policy states that grid-connected systems will be promoted for domestic consumers in a phased manner. “This will be one after formulating grid connection standards for low tension (LT) distribution in line with this policy,” it states.SOURCE

ANERT TO SET UP A 2MW SOLAR POWER PLANT IN PALAKKAD

Kerala’s first solar farm on the Mega Watt scale is expected to become operational at Kuzhalmandam in Palakkad district by March next year. The Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) will implement the project estimated to cost Rs.16 crore.

Utilising crystalline silicon technology, the grid-fed solar power plant of 2 MW capacity will come up on 12 acres of land. Designed in-house by ANERT, it features flat plate collectors and intelligent inverters. Once commissioned, the farm will feed 30 lakh units of power to the grid every year.

Officials said the project was designed to assist in research and development of grid-interactive power plants. The farm would be established as a turnkey project.

DPR released

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy released the detailed project report (DPR) of the solar farm during the inauguration of the new headquarters building of ANERT here on Wednesday.

He said the availability of quality power was a critical element in Kerala’s development.

He said the power situation in the State warranted a focus on non-conventional energy sources and energy conservation.

Mr. Chandy said mini-hydel projects and solar power offered clean and eco-friendly means of power generation ideal for a State like Kerala.

Solution to power crisis

Delivering the presidential address, Electricity Minister Aryadan Mohammed said non-conventional energy sources were the obvious solution to the power crisis faced by the State.

“With no further scope for additional generation through conventional means, the State will have to make maximum use of wind and solar power to bridge the widening gap between demand and supply.”

Pointing out that 5,000 houses across the State had been provided with subsidized rooftop solar panels generating a total of 5 MW, he stressed the need to popularise the initiative. Mr. Mohammed stressed the need to equip government buildings with green features to save energy.

Saving energy

Highlighting the need for energy conservation, he directed the officials at the open-air venue to switch off the lights that were kept on in broad daylight.

With a built-up area of 25,000 sq ft., the new headquarters complex of ANERT is built on the Green Building concept. It will feature a roof top solar power plant of 15 kW capacity, solar-wind hybrid system, biogas plants, and solar water heaters.

K. Muraleedharan, MLA, Additional Chief Secretary Niveditha P. Haran, and ANERT director M. Jayaraju were among those who spoke.SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KERELA SOLAR POLICY -COMMENTS SOUGHT BY GOVERNMENT

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Preamble
2. Vision
3. Mission
4. Strategy of implementation
5. 'Feed-in-Tariff', 'Net Metering' and 'Pooled Cost of Energy'
6. Request for connectivity
7. Procurement Policy on Grid connected solar plants
8. Reservation of land
9. Settlement of Energy charges
10. Incentives and facilities under the policy
11. Agencies involved and their role under the policy
1. Preamble

It is felt that a forward looking Government need to have a structured approach to seriously evaluate the
possibilities of harnessing renewable energy sources and accord due weightage in a realistic manner
for such sources to be integrated into its overall energy generation strategies. There is a popular
perception that solar energy could be the key part of the solution to the energy crisis in the State. To
promote the systematic tapping of the Solar Energy potential to the maximum an appropriate policy
framework is essential. This policy seeks to evaluate in a realistic manner the possibilities of harnessing
solar energy to optimal levels and to put in place the necessary framework.
Maturity level and high cost of the technology, compatibility of transmission and distribution
infrastructure, limitations on land availability, adequacy of fiscal incentives have been the reasons
behind the very low penetration of solar energy in the mainstream life of Kerala.
However at a macro level, Electricity Act 2003 promotes absorption of renewable energy and mandates
for specified consumption from renewable sources in the area of every distribution utility. Accordingly
Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) and more specifically solar purchase obligations have become
mandatory recently. This presently is fixed at 3% of the total consumption for RPO and out of which
0.25% shall be from the solar sources alone, with annual escalation at 10% till the quantum from
renewable reaches 10% of total purchase.
2. Vision
Vision is to mainstream the use of solar energy in the energy mix of Kerala in an inclusive manner to
ensure optimal usage of the available solar potential in its region.
3. Mission

The Mission is to
i. Increase the installed capacity of the solar sector in the state to 500 MW by 2017 and 1500 MW
by 2030.
ii. Contributing to long term energy security of the State of Kerala as well as ecological security by
reduction in carbon emissions

iii. Define end users who can adapt solar in a big way.
iv. Deploy package of incentives and disincentives for identified groups.
v. Adaption of solar to trigger a paradigm shift in the usage of energy at the micro and macro level.
vi. Generating large direct and indirect employment opportunities in solar and allied industries.
vii. Creation of skilled and semi-skilled man power resources for installation and maintenance of the
solar systems through promotion of technical and other related training facilities.
viii. Promotion of entrepreneurs / startups industries / institutions in the state who are engaged in the
development of innovative solar based systems.
ix. Creating an R&D hub by establishment of institutional collaborations with educational institutions,
research centers, industries, utility etc for working towards applied research and
commercialization of nascent technologies to accelerate deployment of various combinations of
solar power technologies and solar based hybrid co-generation technologies which will focus on
improving efficiency in existing systems, reducing cost of balance of system etc.
4. Title and enforcement:

a. This Policy will be known as Kerala Solar Energy Policy, 2013
b. The Policy will come into operation with effect from 01.04.2013 and will remain in force until
superseded or modified by another Policy.
c. State Government may undertake review of this Policy as and when the need arises in view of
any technological breakthrough or to remove any inconsistency with Electricity Act 2003,
Rules & Regulation made thereof or any Government of India Policy/State Electricity
Regulatory Commission's order.
5. Strategy of implementation
The strategies to achieve the policy objectives are outlined as below:
1. Supply side interventions
1.1 Off grid roof top systems at demand points / consumer premises like solar inverter
installations, solar powered cellular towers, display boards/ hoardings etc.
1.2 Promoting conversion of existing inverter installations to solar power by way of providing
suitable incentive schemes.
1.3 Grid connected systems partly meeting requirements at demand points and feeding to the
grid.
1.4 Off site generation at locations like canals, reservoirs (floatovoltaic), waste lands, quarries,
etc.
1.5 Off shore generating plants - primarily solar-thermal systems.
1.6 The off-grid solar applications shall be promoted for replacement of diesel based generator
sets. Guidelines and incentives issued by MNRE from time to time shall be followed in State
for promotion of decentralized and off-grid solar applications.
1.7 Empanelment of Suppliers / system integrators as per the guidelines in force for
implementation of the solar systems envisaged in the policy
1.8 Standards for grid connectivity at LT level will be notified for the State to promote
decentralized solar power generation, which will remain applicable until national standards
are notified and adopted by the State.
1.9 Since large scale absorption of solar electricity into the system is impossible without sufficient
storage, a program for exploring and developing Pumped Storage schemes in the state shall
be promoted as part of the Solar Policy.
1.10 Since developing Balance Of Supply (BoS) plants is essential to tap the employment
opportunities presented by Solar to the fullest measure, the state will promote public sector
enterprises like Keltron etc to manufacture BoS plants.
2. Promotion of Solar Thermal Collectors:
2.1 Solar Water Heating System (SWHS):
The State will promote Solar Water heating system by adopting the key strategy of making
necessary policy changes for mandatory use of solar water heating system (SWHS) in the following
potential categories :-
a) All Industrial buildings where hot water is required for processing.
b) All Government/Private Hospitals and Nursing homes.
c) All Hotels, Resorts, Motels, Banquet halls, Catering Units and Industrial Canteens.
d) Individual Residential buildings with an area of 3000 sq feet and above within the limits of
Municipality/Panchayat/Corporations including Housing Complexes set up by Group Housing
Societies/Housing Boards.
e) Hostels in educational institutions/Pvt. Hostels, Testing Labs/Laboratories of Educational
Institutes/Hospitals
f) Barracks of Police, Paramilitary Forces and Jails.
g) Private/Government Guest Houses, Govt. Tourist Hotels, Inspection Bungalow, Circuit House
and retiring rooms of Railways.
h) Health Centres, Sports Complex.
i) All weather swimming pools.
2.2 Solar Steam Systems:

The State will promote the use of solar steam systems for wider applications such as
a) Community cooking in residential institutions/ industrial mess/Hotels /Barracks/ Mid day meal
program/Hospitals etc.
b) Industrial application of steam in process industries such as Textile/Food industry etc.
c) Laundries

2.3 Industrial Applications:
The State will promote the use of Solar Water Heating System (SWHS), Solar Steam Systems etc
for Industrial applications such as:
a) Process requirements of hot water.
b) Process requirements of steam.
c) Pre-heating applications in variety of Industries.
d) Drying applications.
e) Steam press and laundry units
f) Solar steam cooking applications in industrial mess/hotels etc. 3.
Financing the projects

3.1 For off grid systems the policy seeks to ensure bank finance at attractive rates and provide
generation based incentives rather than capital subsidies to ensure that the systems are
installed, maintained and continued to remain functional. The existing capital subsidies shall be
restructured appropriately for the same.
3.2 For grid connected systems Government itself would initiate a programme by which all public
buildings are provided with generation facilities using appropriate technology options. Here also
rather than an EPC mode of implementation, a design, build, operate and transfer scheme with
annuity payments shall be preferred. As the Load cycle of the government offices match with
that of the solar plants, they are fitting cases for solar application. Policy urges all the concerned
to make use of the roof top and premises to install solar plants to match maximum demand of
the concerned office, within a period of 2 years time. A panel of implementing agencies and
pro-rata costs per kilo watt shall be prepared and each office/department can choose a
developer for implementing this scheme.
3.3 For grid connected systems in non-Government buildings / premises the incentives shall be on
the basis of net metering, feed - in tariff and Renewable Energy Certificate mechanism, the
appropriate tariff system being decided by following due procedure.
3.4 Grid connected systems will be promoted for domestic consumers in a phased manner after
formulating grid connection standards for LT distribution in line with this policy. In this regard
cluster wise installations will be given suitable incentives on a conditional basis for adopting
solar installations.
3.5 Regarding floatovoltaic and public place installations a wider community ownership model
with direct financial stake by the public shall be encouraged.
3.6 For logistically difficult and technically challenging options like off shore generating plants,
projects shall be structured on the basis of competitive bidding in IPP mode.

4. Building Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure.
4.1 Safety / quality protocols for all such installations shall be worked out in detail at international
standards. For this the capability of academic institutions both within and outside the country
shall be leveraged.
4.2 This whole initiative would also be structured to improve the quality of the grid in general with
specific focus on evolving nano / community grids working on smart grid principles.
4.3 Evolving standards for grid connectivity at different voltage levels.
4.4 Notifying User Manual / guidelines on solar application - leveraging you-tube Internet
Communication Technologies (ICT), Social media etc for propagation.
4.5 Integrating with no load shedding campaign.
4.6 Creation of mechanisms like Battery banks, centralized banking of energy etc for decentralized
distributed generation of infirm energy.

5. Legal and regulatory framework
5.1 Support the formulation of regulatory environment encouraging the common man more towards
solar applications
5.2 Legally enforcing use of electricity from solar source in specified sectors of energy use.
5.3 A tariff incentive for consumers opting for solar generation shall be offered with respect to
non-solar consumption subject to prefixed levels of usage.
5.4 Incentive for people's representatives / panchayats for promoting solar installations and street
light optimization.
5.5 I ncentive schemes for conversion of existing inverter installations to solar based ones.
5.6 Solar Procurement Obligation (SPO) will be mandated for Commercial consumers with more
than 20 kVA connected load, LT Industrial with more than 50kVA connected load and for all HT
& EHT consumers in a phased manner. All HT and EHT consumers shall have to procure 3% of
their energy consumed through SPO till March 2014 and 6% from April 2014 onwards. From
April 2014 onwards the same shall be applicable for Commercial consumers and LT industrial
as per the criteria mentioned above. The same shall be made applicable for high consuming
domestic consumers. i.e., more than 500 units per month at a later stage.
The above obligated consumers may fulfill their SPO by
> Buying equivalent to or more than their SPO from third party developers of Solar
Power projects in the State of Kerala
> Buying RECs generated by Solar Power projects in the State equivalent to or more
than their SPO
> Purchasing power from KSEB at Solar Tariff
> Consumers desirous of availing SPO exemption by captive solar generation shall
necessarily install separate meters to measure captive generation

5.7 All new domestic buildings having a floor area in between 2000 sq.ft to 3000 sq.ft should install
at least 100 litres solar water heater and 500W solar PV system. All the buildings above 3000
sq.ft should install 100 litre solar water heater and at least 1000W solar PV system.
5.8 In the case of residential flats 5% of the energy usage for common amenities should be from
Solar
5.9 In the potential categories to be notified like star hotels, hospitals, residential complexes with
more than 50 kVA total connected load the use of solar water heating system shall be made
mandatory.

6. 'Feed-in-Tariff', 'Net Metering" and 'Pooled Cost of Energy' of the utility applicable to Solar
energy
Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) will notify the normative Feed-in-Tariff of
solar power for procurement by KSEB in case of offsite commercial installations. For all agencies
that consume grid power and have installed solar installations with some form of Government
subsidy only net metering shall be applicable. However for consumers with monthly consumption
of 30 units and below efforts shall be made involving welfare departments of Government and
LSGIs to solar enable them and in such cases a special feed-in-tariff scheme shall be notified.
KSERC will also annually notify the Pooled Cost of power Purchase of the utility as applicable to
solar power sector, as required under CERC (Terms and Conditions for Recognition and Issuance
of REC for Renewable Energy Generation) Regulations 2010, to facilitate investors tap the
Renewable Energy Certificate market.
7. Request for connectivity
Plants requiring grid connectivity shall make application to the utility as per the standards in place
and the utility shall provide connectivity if found feasible as per the interconnection standards in
practice, after collecting a processing fee.
8. Procurement Policy on grid connected solar plant
KSEB will have first right of refusal for the power from the plants established in private lands /
premises, except in cases of self/captive use. In such cases the sale of power to KSEB shall be as
at a tariff decided by KSERC or at the pooled cost of the power purchase of the utility or net
metering.
9. Reservation of land for the renewable project
Government shall endeavor to assess clearly the land suitable for the development of solar
installations in the possession of either Government or private individuals. Such identified lands
shall be offered to the developers for grid connected solar installations. Lease rentals fixed by
revenue department shall be payable to the land owner. Only lands which do not have an
immediate productive use shall be thus identified.
10. Settlement of Energy charges
All settlement associated with the energy charges for the grid connected plant between the
developer and the utility shall be settled on a monthly basis.
11. Incentives and facilities under this policy

a. Evacuation facility
KSEB shall create necessary evacuation facility beyond the pooling station for the projects with
capacity less than or equal to 10 MW. For higher capacity plants, KSEB shall construct the
evacuation facility on deposit work basis.
b. Open access Charges
There shall be no open access charges for solar projects for wheeling the power within the
state.
c. Wheeling charges and T&D losses
Wheeling charges and T&D losses will not be applicable for the Captive Solar generators within
the state.
d. Exemption of electricity Duty
The energy generated from the plants under this policy shall be fully exempted from the
Electricity duty.
e. Banking facility
Conditional Banking facility shall be available to captive generators after considering system
constraints.
f. Facilitating for subsidies from MNRE
ANERT being the nodal agency for the non conventional energy in the State, shall act as a
facilitator for the developer for making available the subsidy from MNRE or any other central
agency.
12. Agencies involved and their role under this policy

a. State Level Empowered Committee (SLEC)
Administration of this policy shall be entrusted with the State Level Empowered Committee
(SLEC) constituted for that purpose. The committee shall have the following constitution.
(i) Principal Secretary ( Power), GoK - Chairman
(ii) Chairman, KSEB
(iii) Member (Generation Projects), KSEB
(iv) Member (Transmission & Generation Operations), KSEB
(v) Member (Distribution), KSEB
(vi) Director, EMC
(vii) Director, ANERT - Convener
(viii) Exe. Vice President of the Kerala S&T Council (KSCSTE)
(ix) Director of Industries
(x) Land Revenue Commissioner

The committee shall also have the following responsibilities.
a) To suggest necessary amendments to the policy to remove difficulties in implementing
the policy.
b) Give approval for the developer requiring land allocation from the government.
c) Approval for utilization of land designated by ANERT for development of renewable
energy
d) Specifying the time schedule of eligible projects for which land had been allocated
e) Any other function which may found necessary

b. Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT)
ANERT is the nodal agency for the non conventional energy in the state. In administering this
policy ANERT will have the following responsibilities.
(i) To act as the linking agency between all the stake holders in matters related with this
policy
(ii) To empanel the system providers in solar technology after due process
(iii) To assess the solar energy potential in the state and prepare area map of renewable
energy potential of the state
(iv) To act as the nodal agency for the Off-grid solar applications in the state.
(v) To facilitate in providing incentives and subsidies to the investor in the off grid
application.
(vi) To be part of the joint mechanism with KSEB in the administration of Roof-Top solar
installations with grid connectivity.
(vii) To short list and maintain the data base on the system provider in the case of solar plants
with LT connectivity and prescribe maximum permissible installations under each system
provider in proportion to their financial strength and infrastructure capability.

c. System Provider/Integrator
Being new technology and considering safety requirements due to complexity of the system, the
assistance from the system provider is essential throughout the life period of the plant. This is
necessary to instill confidence among potential small scale investors and roof top owners in the
initial phase of technology adoption, which could be reviewed periodically based on the maturity
achieved by the technology and the level of deployment. Thus the system provider will have the
following responsibilities.
(i) To register itself with the ANERT through their due process to enable itself to provide
service in the state.
(ii) On completion of the project, enter into a tri-partite agreement involving also the facility
owner of the roof top solar plant and KSEB, ensuring continued technical support to the
plant.
(iii) Conduct periodical maintenance to the plant as per the standards and provide report of
the same to the investor as well as to KSEB.
(iv) In case investors under him opt for REC mechanism, to play the role of facilitator for the
purpose.
d. Kerala State Electricity Board
Being the integrated utility on transmission and distribution in the state, KSEB shall have the
following responsibility under this policy.
(i) To mainstream solar applications by pioneering installations in canals, reservoirs
(floatovoltaic), public spaces etc
(ii) To evolve and update standards of grid connectivity for the Solar Power Systems at LT
and HT level and notify to promote decentralized solar power generation.
(iii) To assess the feasibility and provide connectivity to grid connected solar projects in a
timely manner.

(ii) Resort to tariff based bidding for solar energy in meeting RPO, if required.
(iii) To develop necessary transmission infrastructure based on a renewable master plan.
(iv) To provide banking facility for solar energy, incentives in the form of exclusion from open
access charges, wheeling charges, T&D loss for solar power
(v) To act as single window service provider to all grid connected solar plants in association
with other state agencies

 

The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) is charting out an action plan for extensively exploiting the solar energy potential to tackle the power crisis gripping the State.

Official sources told The Hindu here that a high-level expert panel appointed by the board is holding weekly meetings to scrutinise the successful models set up in different parts of the country for preparing a detailed project report by mid-November. As a proven technology, it has been envisaged to adopt the solar technology at present and then move on to other sources like wind and tidal power in due course.

Noted exponent of the people’s science movement R.V.G. Menon had made a detailed presentation at a high-level meeting conducted by the board on October 11 on the sustainable energy scenario for the State and what the board should do to tide over the crisis.

He had proposed standalone rooftop solar systems, grid-connected systems, large solar farms on wasteland and canal tops and also floating mounted systems in reservoirs and backwaters, among other places. He had suggested experimental facilities in Peppara and Aruvikkara dams and also environment impact studies before opting for larger systems in Idukki as well as other favourable locations.

Research and development projects have to be taken up in a big way to promote grid-connected rooftop systems. Engineering colleges and other institutions should take up R&D projects for studying the problems that are likely to surface during power transmission to the grid. This would help to permit selected housing colonies or institutions to feed the power through 11 kV lines.

Instead of taking the plunge, the idea is to gauge the outcome of all such proposals and then go in for large-scale propagation.

CERTIFICATION LABS

While scaling up the system, quality of the equipment too is a matter of serious concern. The State does not have a mechanism for testing the quality of the panels to be used for the project. Hence, Mr. Menon had proposed a testing and certification laboratory for selecting the suitable components and promote local entrepreneurs to make use of the opportunity.

High installation cost is one of the major hitches in switching over to the solar energy mode. So, Mr. Menon had suggested adoption of the cost-effective option for the time being.

A subsidy should be extended in the initial phase. A people-friendly tariff revision strategy was also suggested, the sources said.

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How can NRIs and HNIs ie High Networth Individuals 
from Kerala

profit from the Solar Energy generation business!!

Setting up using Renewable Energy Certificates solar 
energy power generation is considered a profitable business all 
over India.

1 MW solar energy power plant costs Rs 7.7 crores.
But it takes 5 acres of land. 
In Kerala land is expensive. And moreover, there are not much
non cultivable, non agriculural land available for setting up a solar 
power generation plant. 
You are not permitted to set up a solar power generation plant in 
an agricultural land.

For more information about

a. power generation opportunities 
in other states of India and

b. solar parks


visit 
www.eai.in/club/users/aathmika/blogs/1304
Kerala is not the best place for solar power generation business.
Howeverm you will get enough information on the business and on 
the advantages and disadvantages of solar park.

 

So, the best way to benefit from this Solar Energy Generation
Business for NRIs and HNIs from Kerala is to invest in a solar park.

As there is not enough land in Kerala, NRIs and HNIs need to
invest in solar parks located outside Kerala.

These are plug and play concepts, where one can invest from
250 kw to 1 mw and more.

Rajasthan is the best place to invest in a solar park.
In most parts of India, we get 300 days of sunshine in a year.
In Rajasthan sunshine is there for 330 days.


Sunshine too is more in Rajasthan, particularly in the deserts.
Interested in knowing about investing in a solar park,


send a mail to <mano@eai.in> with subject            Solar park

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The Agency for Non Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) is offering solar panels at subsidised rates for domestic and commercial consumers. For details, contact the agency's district office at civil station or the Regional Programme Officer on 2373764.

Applications in the prescribed format should be submitted before July 28.

 

 

 

 

The much awaited Solar Rooftop Power Plants scheme for 2012-13 is being launched from 1st September 2012.

Interested persons can download the programme guidelines and Application Form from links given below on this page, and submit the application to ANERT, with necessary Application Fee and supporting documents.

ANERT would be announcing the list of empanelled vendors through which the programme can be executed.

Programme summary

  • Power plants (solar array) shall be of 1 kWp capacity 
  • Only off-grid power plants are covered under this programme
  • State subsidy of Rs.39.000 per system
  • Central Government subsidy of Rs.81,000 or maximum 30% of the cost of power plant (whichever is less) expected
  • Applicants should be ready to meet the remaining expense of about Rs.1 lakh
  • 10,000 such systems totalling 10 MW solar PV capacity 
  • Installation of systems fully meeting Govt. of India specification and guidelines through empanelled vendors

JOIN THE PROGRAMME TO BECOME A GREEN ENERGY PRODUCER

 

 

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kerala solar energy opportunities

 

Want to set up a captive power plant for your hospital / factory write to

mano@eai.in

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ANERT, Thycaud P.O., Thiruvananthapuram - 695014

Tel. 0471-2338077, Fax: 2329853, director@anert.in, www.anert.gov.in

Project of 1 kW × 10,000 Roof-top Solar Power Plants 

(2012-13)

CIRCULAR No. 4351/ANERT/10000SRTP/12-13, Dated, 24/08/2012.

The Scheme

Installation of 10,000 numbers of roof-top Solar PV powerplants, each with 1 kWp

capacity. One system allowable to an individual beneficiary, if technically feasible,

with Central and State financial support.

More Details

1. Minimum Requirements for the installation of power plant & 

General Information 

a. Minimum 15 square metre shade free area for installing 1 kWp Solar panel

array.

b. Suitable space for accommodating battery and inverter is required near to

the  module  structure.   (i.e.  about  2 m

2

 covered,  ventilated  area  with

restricted access)  

c. The system will be in the off-grid mode with some battery backup. The

electricity generated (approximately 4 units per 1 kWp system per day) is

to be used for internal consumption (that is, not for export to grid).

d. The expected life span of the system (except battery) is around 25 years

with proper maintenance. 

e. The Government/ ANERT reserves the right to modify any of the terms and

conditions given in this circular.

2. System cost and Subsidy/ Financial incentive available:

a. Approximate cost of the system is about Rs.2.5 lakh. Exact cost figures will

be intimated in the Allotment Letter.

b. Central financial assistance expected is Rs.81,000/- per system or 30% of

the cost, whichever is lower. 

c. State financial assistance of Rs.39,000/- per system is available in addition

to the Central financial assistance.-:2:-

 

 

 

 

 

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Cost of a MW 

The latest costing is given below.

 

Component                                                      Amount (lakhs) 

PV Modules                                                                                400

Inverter                                                                                           80

Balance of System (transformers, cables and wires) 110

Mounting Structures(without tracking)                          60

Installation (civil & electrical works)                                   90

Others (evacuvation and other pre operative expenses)   30

Total                                                                                                770.00

   

   

Mounting Structurers(with tracking - Single Axis)             190

Mounting Structurers(with tracking - Dual Axis)            240

 

Bank loan can be 70%

As per REC route  Rs 13/ unit can be realised

1 MW can generate approx 1.6 million units per year

 

 

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3. How to apply and register

a. Application  form  will  be  made  available  on  ANERT  website

(www.anert.gov.in), with effect from 1/9/2012. 

b. Photocopies  of  the  application  form  may  be  used.  When  the  targets

available (10,000 Nos.) get exhausted, application process will be closed

and the matter intimated on ANERT’s website. Applicants are advised to

verify this status on ANERT’s website, before sending the application. 

c. Applicant has to apply to ANERT in the prescribed format along with an

application  fee  of  Rs.500/-  as  DD  drawn  in  favor  of  Director,  ANERT,

Thiruvananthapuram. 

d. The application form must be accompanied by the required application

fee, a self-attested copy of a Photo identity card, copy of recent electricity

bill, and a self-addressed and Rs.5/- stamped envelope. In the case of

Government/LSG  buildings,  registration  fee  and  photo  ID  card  are

exempted  upon  making  an  official  request  by  the  head  of  office

concerned.  

e. Filled in application form along with registration fee and documents has to

be  sent  to  The  Director,  ANERT,  Thycaud  P.O.,  Thiruvananthapuram  –

695014 by post/courier.

f. Applications  without  all  the  details  and  documents  will  be  summarily

rejected.

g. Selection of beneficiaries will be strictly on first come first served basis.

District wise target allocation may be introduced if found necessary.

h. A registration number will be allotted by ANERT in the acknowledgement

letter to the applicant.

i. The registration is not transferable to another beneficiary or site/building. 

j. The  site  will  be  inspected  by  ANERT  officials  for  assessing  technical

feasibility and if found technically feasible, plant will be allotted to the

applicant through an Allotment Letter.

k. If the building is under construction, building number has to be submitted

by December 2012 or else the registration will be cancelled and the target

allotted to those in the waiting list.

l. Plants constructed without getting the Allotment Letter from ANERT or

without  following  the  instructions/  specifications  contained  in  the

Allotment Letter from ANERT will not be considered for subsidy release.

 

 

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4. System Sizing and implementation strategy

a. System Sizing is as given below. Beneficiary has the freedom to select

system according to his/her requirements from the list given below.

Config

uration

Capacity of

SPV Module

Capacity

of PCU

Capacity of

Battery

Remarks

I 1000 W 1 kVA 5400 Wh Recommended if used 

mainly during day time -:3:-

Config

uration

Capacity of

SPV Module

Capacity

of PCU

Capacity of

Battery

Remarks

II 1000 W 1 kVA 7200 Wh Mostly  night  time  use  of

about 5 hours on full load. 

III 1000 W 1kVA 12000Wh Mostly night time use with 

one day autonomy (about 5

hours on full loadper day)

b. The  List  of  approved  system  suppliers/integrators  with  their  price  list

against each configuration will be provided by ANERT in the Allotment

Letter.

c. A  beneficiary  will  have  the  freedom  to  select  the  system

supplier/integrator  from  the  list  provided  by  ANERT according  to  their

choice  and  the  beneficiary  will  then  place  a  firm  work  order  to  the

supplier. A copy of the work order along with invoice and bill of material

has to be presented to ANERT before release of subsidy. Upon installing

and commissioning the system, the eligible subsidy will be released to the

beneficiary,  after  conducting  inspection  by  ANERT.  At  the  stage  of

releasing the subsidy, the same may be released to the supplier on behalf

of the beneficiary, if the beneficiary duly authorises the same and the

supplier agrees to this arrangement.

d. Technical specification of the system shall be according to MNRE norms/

specifications as intimated by ANERT. 

e. The installation and commissioning should be completed within 3 months

of receivingthe Allotment Letter from ANERT.

 

 

 

5. Warranty and Maintenance 

a. Total system will have a warranty for 5 years.  PV module will have a

performance warrantee for their output peak watt capacity (not less than

90% at the end of 12 years and 80% at the end of 25 years).

b. The beneficiary should maintain and operate the system properly for a

minimum period of 5 years, and any failure to do so will require that the

beneficiary should refund the subsidy availed. Beneficiary will be required

to execute an undertaking to this effect before receiving the subsidy.

c. The beneficiary will provide performance details of the system to ANERT

and allow ANERT officials to inspect the plants, as and when required in

the future.

DIRECTORANERT, Thycaud PO, Thiruvananthapuram - 695014

Tel. 0471-2338077, Fax: 2329853, director@anert.in, www.anert.gov.in

Application Form 

for 1kW Roof-top Solar Power Plant (2012-13)

(To be sent to The Director, ANERT at the above address)

For Office Use

Reg. No. : …………...................

Dt. : .......................................

Application fee details:

DD No.:  ...............................

Dt. :.......................................

Bank : ....................................

1 Name of applicant

2 Address in Full

                                                     

                                                         PIN:

3 Mobile phone No.

4 STD code/Land line No.

5 Email ID

6 Category (SC/ST/General)

7 Beneficiary has to submit self attested copy of Voters ID card/ Passport/ 

PAN card/any other photo ID card

Type of ID card submitted

ID card No.

Site Details:

8 Address of the 

site for 

installation

                                                           PIN:

9 Nearest land mark

10 Name of DISTRICT

11 Grama Panchayat/ 

Municipality/ Corporation

12 Ward No./Building No.-:2:-

13 Type of Application(Domestic / 

Non-domestic)

14 If non-domestic, specify type of building

[shop/ industry/ Govt./ educational/ 

others (specify)]

15 Shade free area available for installation of solar 

panel (Minimum requirement is nearly 15 m

2

)       ......................m

2

Electricity Consumption Details:

16 Do you have electricity connection YES / NO

(If YES, attach a copy of recent electricity bill)

17 Average monthly consumption of electricity  

   ...................units

18 Remittance details of application fee of Rs. 500/-

DD

No.

Date.

Bank

Declaration

I..............................................................................................................................,

Son/Daughter of .........................................................................................,  have

read  and  hereby  agree  with  the  terms  and  conditions  and  specifications

stipulated by ANERT for the selection and installation of roof-top solar power

plant. If allotted a plant, I agree to complete the installation within the time

allowed and submit the details to ANERT for release of subsidy. 

Signature : 

Place :       Name:

Date :

CHECK LIST:

1.Copy of photo ID card (YES/NO): ………. 

2.Copy of recent electricity bill (YES/NO): ……….

3.DD for Rs.500/- (YES/NO): ……….

4. Self-addressed Rs.5/- stamped envelope (YES/NO): ……….

5. Filled in acknowledgment slip (YES/NO): ……….-:3:-

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT SLIP

Your application for the roof-top solar power plant under the “10000 Roof-Top

Solar  Power  Plant  Project  2012-13”  has  been  received  along  with  the

registration fee of Rs.500/- vide DD with the following details:

DD No. 

DD Date

Issuing Bank

Amount Rs.500/-

(To be filled in by the applicant)  

The  following  Registration  Number  has  been  allotted  to  your  application.

Please quote this Registration Number in all your future correspondences.

Registration Number

Date of Registration 

(To be filled in by ANERT)  

Director

ANERT

Thycaud P. O.

Thiruvananthapuram - 695014

To

                                                   PIN

(Applicant has to write the full postal address with PIN in BLOCK 

letters in the box above) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Photovoltaic Programme PDF Print Email
Under this program, ANERT had distributed the following:
  • Solar PV devices like solar lantern (64000)
  • Solar home lighting systems (7900)
  • Solar street lighting systems (712)
  • Solar TV power pack (150)
  • Solar water pumping systems (deep & shallow well)
  • Solar fencing energisers (10)
  • Solar vaccine refrigeratior (10)
  • Solar fishermen pack (25)
  • SPV demo kits for schools (350)
  • PV insect light traps(4)
  • PV rubber tapper's light(120)
  • PV modules of 35,70 and 90W (7500) etc.

2011 Programme

Solar PV Power Plant Projects under JNNSM

Though only a few devices have MNRE subsidy, all the above devices were distributed to the public with a subsidy component utilising ANERT funds.

 

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Solar Thermal Programme PDF Print Email

Programme 2011-12

Solar Thermal Energy Programme of ANERT is aimed at supplementing thermal energy requirements at various temperatures for different applications like cooking, water heating, Industrial process heating, crop drying, space heating, water desalination, etc. by harnessing solar energy and converting it into heat using various solar thermal devices and systems. 

ANERT has installed 1,24,000 lpd solar water heating systems in hospitals.  So far, ANERT has installed 27626 m 2 collector area in Kerala.  With these installations, the power conserved is equivalent to 0.84 MW of conventional electricity generation capacity.  Government of India is not providing any financial assistance for Solar Water Heater Programmes and hence ANERT also proposed to discontinue the practise of providing subsidy to these programs in the State, which have otherwise become commercially attractive.

 



The present programmes undertakem are schemes to provide solar cooker for which central financial assistance is available.  Apart this, ANERT has distributed 940 solar cookers, 15 solar crop driers, 3 industrial crop driers, 80 solar stills, 3 SK-14 cookers, 90 m2 of swimming pool heaters and has carried out revitalisation of 10 old industrial systems.





Solar PV Power Plants - JNNSM - 2011-12 PDF Print Email

ANERT is the nodal agency in Kerala for the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) projects of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India.

ANERT had received 32 applications for establishing solar photovoltiac power plants. These applications received from institutions and individuals (for domestic use) have been forwarded to MNRE for approval. Sanction was recevied for 16 projects listed below. Of these, 13 have been commissioned, as indicated below.

Sl. No. Location of the power plant Type of beneficiary Contact details of Beneficiary Capacity proposed in kWp Central Financial assistance (Rs.) Details of Technology Provider Status of the work
1. Baklava Pasteries, Thodupuzha Institution Baklava Pasteries and Sweets, Kanjiramattom Junction, Thodupuzha, Phone- 04862-220661, Mob- 9745874602 10 900000 Lifeway Solar Devices Pvt. Ltd, Central Arcade, Azad Road, Kaloor, Kochi, Kerala Completed
2. Mar Athanasious College For Advanced Studies (MACFAST), Thiruvalla Institution Rev.Fr. Pradeep Vazhathamarayil, Principal, Mar Athanasious College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla - 689101 
Phone-0496 3058000, Fax 0469 3058017, mob-09847366228, E-mail-principal@macfast.org
27.6 2136200 Radiant Solar Pvt. Ltd, Plot No. 223, Road No 15, Fab City SEZ, Maheswaram(M), R.R. District, Hyderabad-501510  
Contact Person: Mr. N. Ram  
Mobile: 9447388966
Completed
3. Braille Without Borders, Nemom, Thiruvananthapuram Institution Braille without Borders, Vivekananda Nagar, Mukaloormoola, Vellayani, Ookode(PO), Nemom, Thiruvananthapuram
Contact no. 0471-2392977, 2391977, 2396677
2 162000 Megabyte Technologies, Thiruvananthapuram 
Contact: Anson G., 
Tel.: 09387813000
Completed
4. Palazhi, Thripunithura,   Ernakulam Domestic Mr. Sreenivasan, Palazhi, Kadanad(po), Udayamperur, Thripunithura,    Ernakulam 
email: mahesh@iyermahesh.com, Ph.9447061421
2 75000 Nature2Nature Ecosystems (P) Ltd., No 273, 15th Cross                                           Giri Nagar, Cochin- 682020                    Phone:-09947074747, 
Email -deepudivakar@gmail.com
Completed
5. Handi Manzil, Lakshminada, Kollam Domestic Mr. Nadeem Shereef, Handi Manzil, Lakshminada, Kollam, Kerala 
Contact Phone-095676615526,                            E-mail nadeem2379@gmail.com 
1 81000 Nature2Nature Ecosystems (P) Ltd., No 273, 15th Cross                                           Giri Nagar, Cochin- 682020                    Phone:-09947074747, 
Email -deepudivakar@gmail.com
Completed
6. Scholar Builders and Designers, Palakkad Institution Scholar Builders and Designers, No.11, Nandakumar Building, College Road, Palakkad
email: deepudivakar@gmail.com, M: 9349607582
1.3 105300 Nature2Nature Ecosystems (P) Ltd., No 273, 15th Cross                                           Giri Nagar, Cochin- 682020                    Phone:-09947074747, Email -deepudivakar@gmail.com Completed
7. Malankara Plantations Headquarters Building, Kodimatha, Kottayam Institution Mr. J.K. Thomas, MD, Malankara Plantations Ltd., Kottayam, 
Phone: 9447155433, 
email: thomasjk@sify.com
25 2025000 Team Sustain, Team House, Plot No. 71, MRA, Kakkanad, Cochin-682030, Kerala 
Phone 0484 3298806,                           Fax 0484-2422176, 
Email: info@teamsustain.com
Completed
8. Cochin Refinery, Ernakulam Institution Sri. Mathukutty Cyriac, Bharath Petroleum Corporation Limited, Kochi Refinery, Ambalamugal, Ernakulam-682302 
Phone: 0484-2821304, 
Fax: 0484-2720855, 
email:mathukuttyc@bharathpetroleum.in
15 855000 Team Sustain, Team House, Plot No. 71, MRA, Kakkanad, Cochin-682030, Kerala 
Phone 0484 3298806,                           Fax 0484-2422176, 
Email: info@teamsustain.com
Completed
9. Kaniyankunnu, Aluva Domestic Mr. Vijayakrishnanan N., Kaniyankunnu, UC College (PO), Aluva, Ernakulam 1.7 81000 Team Sustain, Team House, Plot No. 71, MRA, Kakkanad, Cochin-682030, Kerala 
Phone 0484 3298806,                           Fax 0484-2422176, 
Email: info@teamsustain.com
Completed
10. Vedasudha Ayuurvedic Hospital, Kottayam Institution Mr. Shero Sasidharan, Vedasudha Ayuurvedic Hospital, Kurarvilangad, Vayala, Kottayam, Kerala 
Phone 0484-2229407
3 243000 Team Sustain, Team House, Plot No. 71, MRA, Kakkanad, Cochin-682030, Kerala 
Phone 0484 3298806,                           Fax 0484-2422176, Email: info@teamsustain.com
Completed
11. HLL Life Care Ltd, Thiruvananthapuram Institution Mr. CR Mohanan, DGM(ENGG), HLL Life Care Ltd, Aakkulam, Sreekaryam, Thiruvananthapuram 
Phone: 0471-2442641
25 1203500 MOSER BAER Solar Ltd., 66-Udyog Vihar, Greater Noida, Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh Completed
12. Cochin Special Ecnomic Zone, Kochi Institution Mr. C.J Mathew, Cochin Special Economic Zone- (Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt.of India), Kochi 
Ph.0484-2413111, 
Fax 0484-2413074, 
E-mail adceou@csez.gov.in
25 1425000 HBL Power Systems, Hyderabad Work Not Completed
13. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, Trivandrum Institution Mr. M.Sudheendran, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, Admin. Bldg, Manacaud Tel Exch Compound, Manacaud, Trivandrum-695009 
Phone-9446330333, 
email: ceetvm10@gmail.com
4.29 345000 ICOMM TELE LIMITED, TRENDSET Towers, Road No-2, Banjara Hills, Hyderbad-500034, 
Phone: 040- 23552222, 
Fax 040-23552266
Completed
14. College of Architecture Trivandrum, Thinavila, Mulayara (PO), Trivandrum - 695543  Institution Narayanan Vaidyanathan Charitable and Educational Trust  NARAYANAN Towers, Vazhuthacaud, Thiruvananthapuram-695014 
Phone:-0471-2325543, 
Email: admin@collarc.com 
10 600000 Nature2Nature Ecosystems (P) Ltd., No 273, 15th Cross                                           Giri Nagar, Cochin- 682020                    Phone:-09947074747, 
Email -deepudivakar@gmail.com
Work Not Completed
15. Spice Village Resort, Thekkady Institution Mr. Michael Dominic, C/O CGH Earth, Casino Building, Willington Island, Kochi, Kerala 
Ph-0484-3011711, 
email : -michaeldominic@cghearth.com
65 5265000 Team Sustain, Team House, Plot No. 71, MRA, Kakkanad, Cochin-682030, Kerala, India, Phone 0484 3298806,                           Fax 0484-2422176, 
Email   info@teamsustin.com
Work Not Completed
16. Sanathan Infrastructure and Developers Pvt. Ltd., Ernakulam Institution Mr. Viswanathan Arangath, Sanathan Infrastructure and Developers Pvt. Ltd., Ernakulam 
Phone .9497528154, 
email: info@sanathan.in
6.5 526500 Team Sustain, Team House, Plot No. 71, MRA, Kakkanad, Cochin-682030, Kerala 
Phone 0484 3298806,                           Fax 0484-2422176, 
Email: info@teamsustain.com
Completed
  Total     224.39 16028500    

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TENDER NOTICE

Sealed and competitive tenders  in three part system Part-I (Envelope-A) Bid 

Qualification Requirements (BQR) with Earnest Money Deposit (EMD), Part-II 

(Envelope-B) Technical Bid with Commercial terms without Price Bid, and Part-III 

(Envelope-C) Price Bid in accordance with the attached  commercial terms and 

technical Specifications  are invited from reputed & experienced 

Manufactures/Suppliers for the  Supply of 28,000 nos of Solar Lantern (CFL-7W). 

The tender forms can be obtained from the office of the Director, Agency for Nonconventional Energy and Rural Technology, Thycaud PO, Thiruvananthapuram 695014 

on all working days from 10.30 am to 04.30 pm by submitting a request in the firm's 

letterhead along with the required payment towards cost of document in the form of 

Cash/ DD drawn in favour of Director, ANERT, payable at Thiruvananthapuram. The 

tender document is not transferable.  To get tender form by post, cost of tender form 

plus Rs.150/- as postal charges should be sent by Cash/DD.  Undersigned will not be 

responsible for delay in obtaining and submitting tenders by post. If the due date for 

receiving and opening the tender happens to be declared holidays, then the tender 

will be received and opened on the very next day, for which no prior intimation will 

be given.

Thiruvananthapuram

7.9.2012

Sd/-

DirectorTENDER ABSTRACT

Tender no. 4406/PUR/SL/ANERT/2012

Superscription Supply  of Solar Lantern (CFL-7W) – 28000 

Nos. (MNRE MODEL)

Sale date of Tender form  From 15.09.2012 to 06.10.2012 (on 

working days)

Last date of submission of Tender 

with sample

08.10.2012 -  12.00 Noon

Date and Time of opening the 

Tender

08.10.2012 -   03.00 pm

Cost of Tender form Rs.25,000 5% VAT (Rs.26,250/-)

EMD Rs.14,00,000/- (By DD/Bank Guarantee)

Govt. of Kerala PSUs only are exempted 

from furnishing EMD

Probable Amount of Contract Rs.5,60,00,000/-

Warranty period The PV module will be warranted for a 

minimum period of 10 years from the date 

of acceptance of supply by ANERT and the 

lantern (including the battery) will be 

warranted for a minimum period of two 

years from the date of acceptance of 

supply by ANERT.

Site details ANERT District Offices at 14 Districts

Name and Address of the officer 

from whom Tender forms are to be 

obtained

THE DIRECTOR 

Agency for Non-conventional Energy &

Rural Technology (ANERT), 

Thycaud. PO,

Thiruvananthapuram – 695 014, Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram

7.9.2012

Sd/-

Director

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Want counselling on setting up a 1 MW solar power plant !

Call  Manohar 90435 39679 or email mano@eai.in

 

Cost of a MW 

The latest costing is given below.

 

Component                                                      Amount (lakhs) 

PV Modules                                                                                400

Inverter                                                                                           80

Balance of System (transformers, cables and wires) 110

Mounting Structures(without tracking)                          60

Installation (civil & electrical works)                                   90

Others (evacuvation and other pre operative expenses)   30

Total                                                                                                770.00

   

   

Mounting Structurers(with tracking - Single Axis)             190

Mounting Structurers(with tracking - Dual Axis)            240

 

Bank loan can be 70%

As per REC route electricity can be sold at Rs 13/ unit

1 MW can generate approx 1.6 million units per year

 

Call Manohar 90435 39679

mano@eai.in

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TENDER NOTICE

Sealed and competitive tenders  in three part system Part-I (Envelope-A) Bid 

Qualification Requirements (BQR) with Earnest Money Deposit (EMD), Part-II 

(Envelope-B) Technical Bid with Commercial terms without Price Bid, and Part-III 

(Envelope-C) Price Bid in accordance with the attached commercial terms and 

technical Specifications  are invited from reputed & experienced 

Manufactures/Suppliers for the  Supply and Installation of 1400 nos. of Solar  LED 

Street Lights

 

The tender forms can be obtained from the office of the Director, 

Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology,  Thycaud PO, 

Thiruvananthapuram 695014 on all working days from 10.30 am to 04.30 pm by 

submitting a request in the firm's letterhead along with the required payment towards 

cost of document in the form of Cash/ DD drawn in favour of Director, ANERT, payable 

at Thiruvananthapuram. The tender document is not transferable.  To get tender form 

by post, cost of tender form plus Rs.150/- as postal charges should be sent by 

Cash/DD.  Undersigned will not be responsible for delay in obtaining and submitting 

tenders by post. If the due date for receiving and opening the tender happens to be 

declared holidays, then the tender will be received and opened on the very next day, 

for which no prior intimation will be given.

Thiruvananthapuram

7.9.2012

sd/-

DirectorTENDER ABSTRACT

Tender no. 4405/PUR/SLS/ANERT/2012

Superscription Supply and Installation of 1400 nos. of 

Solar LED Street Lights

Sale date of Tender form  From 15.09.2012 to 04.11.2012 

(on working days)

Last date of submission of Tender 

with sample

05.11.2012 - 12.00 noon

Date and Time of opening the 

Tender

05.11.2012 - 03.00 pm

Cost of Tender form Rs.25,000 5% VAT (Rs.26,250/-)

EMD Rs.10,50,000/- (By DD/Bank Guarantee)

Govt. of Kerala PSUs only are exempted 

from furnishing EMD

Probable Amount of Contract Rs.4,20,00,000/

Warranty  period 5 years

Site details 100 each in 14 Municipalities in 14 

Districts of Kerala

Name and Address of the officer 

from whom Tender forms are to be 

obtained

THE DIRECTOR 

Agency for Non-conventional Energy & 

Rural Technology (ANERT), 

Thycaud. PO,

Thiruvananthapuram – 695 014, Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram

7.9.2012

sd/-

Director

 

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TENDER NOTICE

Sealed and competitive tenders  in three part system Part-I (Envelope-A) Bid 

Qualification Requirements (BQR) with Earnest Money Deposit (EMD), Part-II 

(Envelope-B) Technical Bid with Commercial terms without Price Bid, and Part-III 

(Envelope-C) Price Bid in accordance with the attached commercial terms and 

technical Specifications  are invited from reputed & experienced 

Manufactures/Suppliers for the  Repair, re-commissioning and maintenance of 

25 kWp grid-tie SPV Power Plant. The tender forms can be obtained from the office 

of the Director, Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology, Thycaud 

PO, Thiruvananthapuram 695014 on all working days from 10.30 am to 04.30 pm by 

submitting a request in the firm's letterhead along with the required payment towards 

cost of document in the form of Cash/ DD drawn in favour of Director, ANERT, payable 

at Thiruvananthapuram. The tender document is not transferable.  To get tender form 

by post, cost of tender form plus Rs.150/- as postal charges should be sent by 

Cash/DD.  Undersigned will not be responsible for delay in obtaining and submitting 

tenders by post. If the due date for receiving and opening the tender happens to be 

declared holidays, then the tender will be received and opened on the very next day, 

for which no prior intimation will be given.

Thiruvananthapuram

7.9.2012

sd/-

DirectorTENDER ABSTRACT

Tender no. 4404/PUR/SPV/ANERT/2012

Superscription Repair, re-commissioning and 

maintenance of 25 kWp grid-tie SPV Power 

Plant

Sale date of Tender form  From 15.09.2012 to 05.10.2012 

(on working days)

Last date of submission of Tender 

with sample

06.10.2012 - 12.00 noon

Date and Time of opening the 

Tender

06.10.2012 - 03.00 pm

Cost of Tender form Rs.2800 5% VAT (Rs.2940/-)

EMD Rs.46,250/- (By DD/Bank Guarantee)

Govt. of Kerala PSUs only are exempted 

from furnishing EMD

Comprehensive maintenance 3 years

Site details Vaidhyuti Bhavanam, KSEB, Pattom, 

Thiruvananthapuram

Name and Address of the officer 

from whom Tender forms are to be 

obtained

THE DIRECTOR 

Agency for Non-conventional Energy & 

Rural Technology (ANERT), 

Thycaud. PO,

Thiruvananthapuram – 695 014, Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram

7.9.2012

sd/-

Director

 

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ANERT, Thycaud P.O., Thiruvananthapuram - 695014

Tel. 0471-2338077, Fax: 2329853, director@anert.in, www.anert.gov.in

Project of 1 kW × 10,000 Roof-top Solar Power Plants 

(2012-13)

 

ANERT, Thycaud P.O., Thiruvananthapuram - 695014

Tel. 0471-2338077, Fax: 2329853, director@anert.in, www.anert.gov.in

Project of 1 kW × 10,000 Roof-top Solar Power Plants 

(2012-13)

CIRCULAR No. 4351/ANERT/10000SRTP/12-13, Dated, 24/08/2012.

The Scheme

Installation of 10,000 numbers of roof-top Solar PV powerplants, each with 1 kWp

capacity. One system allowable to an individual beneficiary, if technically feasible,

with Central and State financial support.

More Details

1. Minimum Requirements for the installation of power plant & 

General Information 

a. Minimum 15 square metre shade free area for installing 1 kWp Solar panel

array.

b. Suitable space for accommodating battery and inverter is required near to

the  module  structure.   (i.e.  about  2 m

2

 covered,  ventilated  area  with

restricted access)  

c. The system will be in the off-grid mode with some battery backup. The

electricity generated (approximately 4 units per 1 kWp system per day) is

to be used for internal consumption (that is, not for export to grid).

d. The expected life span of the system (except battery) is around 25 years

with proper maintenance. 

e. The Government/ ANERT reserves the right to modify any of the terms and

conditions given in this circular.

2. System cost and Subsidy/ Financial incentive available:

a. Approximate cost of the system is about Rs.2.5 lakh. Exact cost figures will

be intimated in the Allotment Letter.

b. Central financial assistance expected is Rs.81,000/- per system or 30% of

the cost, whichever is lower. 

c. State financial assistance of Rs.39,000/- per system is available in addition

to the Central financial assistance.-:2:-

3. How to apply and register

a. Application  form  will  be  made  available  on  ANERT  website

(www.anert.gov.in), with effect from 1/9/2012. 

b. Photocopies  of  the  application  form  may  be  used.  When  the  targets

available (10,000 Nos.) get exhausted, application process will be closed

and the matter intimated on ANERT’s website. Applicants are advised to

verify this status on ANERT’s website, before sending the application. 

c. Applicant has to apply to ANERT in the prescribed format along with an

application  fee  of  Rs.500/-  as  DD  drawn  in  favor  of  Director,  ANERT,

Thiruvananthapuram. 

d. The application form must be accompanied by the required application

fee, a self-attested copy of a Photo identity card, copy of recent electricity

bill, and a self-addressed and Rs.5/- stamped envelope. In the case of

Government/LSG  buildings,  registration  fee  and  photo  ID  card  are

exempted  upon  making  an  official  request  by  the  head  of  office

concerned.  

e. Filled in application form along with registration fee and documents has to

be  sent  to  The  Director,  ANERT,  Thycaud  P.O.,  Thiruvananthapuram  –

695014 by post/courier.

f. Applications  without  all  the  details  and  documents  will  be  summarily

rejected.

g. Selection of beneficiaries will be strictly on first come first served basis.

District wise target allocation may be introduced if found necessary.

h. A registration number will be allotted by ANERT in the acknowledgement

letter to the applicant.

i. The registration is not transferable to another beneficiary or site/building. 

j. The  site  will  be  inspected  by  ANERT  officials  for  assessing  technical

feasibility and if found technically feasible, plant will be allotted to the

applicant through an Allotment Letter.

k. If the building is under construction, building number has to be submitted

by December 2012 or else the registration will be cancelled and the target

allotted to those in the waiting list.

l. Plants constructed without getting the Allotment Letter from ANERT or

without  following  the  instructions/  specifications  contained  in  the

Allotment Letter from ANERT will not be considered for subsidy release.

4. System Sizing and implementation strategy

a. System Sizing is as given below. Beneficiary has the freedom to select

system according to his/her requirements from the list given below.

Config

uration

Capacity of

SPV Module

Capacity

of PCU

Capacity of

Battery

Remarks

I 1000 W 1 kVA 5400 Wh Recommended if used 

mainly during day time -:3:-

Config

uration

Capacity of

SPV Module

Capacity

of PCU

Capacity of

Battery

Remarks

II 1000 W 1 kVA 7200 Wh Mostly  night  time  use  of

about 5 hours on full load. 

III 1000 W 1kVA 12000Wh Mostly night time use with 

one day autonomy (about 5

hours on full loadper day)

b. The  List  of  approved  system  suppliers/integrators  with  their  price  list

against each configuration will be provided by ANERT in the Allotment

Letter.

c. A  beneficiary  will  have  the  freedom  to  select  the  system

supplier/integrator  from  the  list  provided  by  ANERT according  to  their

choice  and  the  beneficiary  will  then  place  a  firm  work  order  to  the

supplier. A copy of the work order along with invoice and bill of material

has to be presented to ANERT before release of subsidy. Upon installing

and commissioning the system, the eligible subsidy will be released to the

beneficiary,  after  conducting  inspection  by  ANERT.  At  the  stage  of

releasing the subsidy, the same may be released to the supplier on behalf

of the beneficiary, if the beneficiary duly authorises the same and the

supplier agrees to this arrangement.

d. Technical specification of the system shall be according to MNRE norms/

specifications as intimated by ANERT. 

e. The installation and commissioning should be completed within 3 months

of receivingthe Allotment Letter from ANERT.

5. Warranty and Maintenance 

a. Total system will have a warranty for 5 years.  PV module will have a

performance warrantee for their output peak watt capacity (not less than

90% at the end of 12 years and 80% at the end of 25 years).

b. The beneficiary should maintain and operate the system properly for a

minimum period of 5 years, and any failure to do so will require that the

beneficiary should refund the subsidy availed. Beneficiary will be required

to execute an undertaking to this effect before receiving the subsidy.

c. The beneficiary will provide performance details of the system to ANERT

and allow ANERT officials to inspect the plants, as and when required in

the future.

DIRECTORANERT, Thycaud PO, Thiruvananthapuram - 695014

Tel. 0471-2338077, Fax: 2329853, director@anert.in, www.anert.gov.in

Application Form 

for 1kW Roof-top Solar Power Plant (2012-13)

(To be sent to The Director, ANERT at the above address)

For Office Use

Reg. No. : …………...................

Dt. : .......................................

Application fee details:

DD No.:  ...............................

Dt. :.......................................

Bank : ....................................

1 Name of applicant

2 Address in Full

                                                     

                                                         PIN:

3 Mobile phone No.

4 STD code/Land line No.

5 Email ID

6 Category (SC/ST/General)

7 Beneficiary has to submit self attested copy of Voters ID card/ Passport/ 

PAN card/any other photo ID card

Type of ID card submitted

ID card No.

Site Details:

8 Address of the 

site for 

installation

                                                           PIN:

9 Nearest land mark

10 Name of DISTRICT

11 Grama Panchayat/ 

Municipality/ Corporation

12 Ward No./Building No.-:2:-

13 Type of Application(Domestic / 

Non-domestic)

14 If non-domestic, specify type of building

[shop/ industry/ Govt./ educational/ 

others (specify)]

15 Shade free area available for installation of solar 

panel (Minimum requirement is nearly 15 m

2

)       ......................m

2

Electricity Consumption Details:

16 Do you have electricity connection YES / NO

(If YES, attach a copy of recent electricity bill)

17 Average monthly consumption of electricity  

   ...................units

18 Remittance details of application fee of Rs. 500/-

DD

No.

Date.

Bank

Declaration

I..............................................................................................................................,

Son/Daughter of .........................................................................................,  have

read  and  hereby  agree  with  the  terms  and  conditions  and  specifications

stipulated by ANERT for the selection and installation of roof-top solar power

plant. If allotted a plant, I agree to complete the installation within the time

allowed and submit the details to ANERT for release of subsidy. 

Signature : 

Place :       Name:

Date :

CHECK LIST:

1.Copy of photo ID card (YES/NO): ………. 

2.Copy of recent electricity bill (YES/NO): ……….

3.DD for Rs.500/- (YES/NO): ……….

4. Self-addressed Rs.5/- stamped envelope (YES/NO): ……….

5. Filled in acknowledgment slip (YES/NO): ……….-:3:-

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT SLIP

Your application for the roof-top solar power plant under the “10000 Roof-Top

Solar  Power  Plant  Project  2012-13”  has  been  received  along  with  the

registration fee of Rs.500/- vide DD with the following details:

DD No. 

DD Date

Issuing Bank

Amount Rs.500/-

(To be filled in by the applicant)  

The  following  Registration  Number  has  been  allotted  to  your  application.

Please quote this Registration Number in all your future correspondences.

Registration Number

Date of Registration 

(To be filled in by ANERT)  

Director

ANERT

Thycaud P. O.

Thiruvananthapuram - 695014

To

                                                   PIN

(Applicant has to write the full postal address with PIN in BLOCK 

letters in the box above) 

 

CIRCULAR No. 4351/ANERT/10000SRTP/12-13, Dated, 24/08/2012.

The Scheme

Installation of 10,000 numbers of roof-top Solar PV powerplants, each with 1 kWp

capacity. One system allowable to an individual beneficiary, if technically feasible,

with Central and State financial support.

More Details

1. Minimum Requirements for the installation of power plant & 

General Information 

a. Minimum 15 square metre shade free area for installing 1 kWp Solar panel

array.

b. Suitable space for accommodating battery and inverter is required near to

the  module  structure.   (i.e.  about  2 m

2

 covered,  ventilated  area  with

restricted access)  

c. The system will be in the off-grid mode with some battery backup. The

electricity generated (approximately 4 units per 1 kWp system per day) is

to be used for internal consumption (that is, not for export to grid).

d. The expected life span of the system (except battery) is around 25 years

with proper maintenance. 

e. The Government/ ANERT reserves the right to modify any of the terms and

conditions given in this circular.

2. System cost and Subsidy/ Financial incentive available:

a. Approximate cost of the system is about Rs.2.5 lakh. Exact cost figures will

be intimated in the Allotment Letter.

b. Central financial assistance expected is Rs.81,000/- per system or 30% of

the cost, whichever is lower. 

c. State financial assistance of Rs.39,000/- per system is available in addition

to the Central financial assistance.-:2:-

3. How to apply and register

a. Application  form  will  be  made  available  on  ANERT  website

(www.anert.gov.in), with effect from 1/9/2012. 

b. Photocopies  of  the  application  form  may  be  used.  When  the  targets

available (10,000 Nos.) get exhausted, application process will be closed

and the matter intimated on ANERT’s website. Applicants are advised to

verify this status on ANERT’s website, before sending the application. 

c. Applicant has to apply to ANERT in the prescribed format along with an

application  fee  of  Rs.500/-  as  DD  drawn  in  favor  of  Director,  ANERT,

Thiruvananthapuram. 

d. The application form must be accompanied by the required application

fee, a self-attested copy of a Photo identity card, copy of recent electricity

bill, and a self-addressed and Rs.5/- stamped envelope. In the case of

Government/LSG  buildings,  registration  fee  and  photo  ID  card  are

exempted  upon  making  an  official  request  by  the  head  of  office

concerned.  

e. Filled in application form along with registration fee and documents has to

be  sent  to  The  Director,  ANERT,  Thycaud  P.O.,  Thiruvananthapuram  –

695014 by post/courier.

f. Applications  without  all  the  details  and  documents  will  be  summarily

rejected.

g. Selection of beneficiaries will be strictly on first come first served basis.

District wise target allocation may be introduced if found necessary.

h. A registration number will be allotted by ANERT in the acknowledgement

letter to the applicant.

i. The registration is not transferable to another beneficiary or site/building. 

j. The  site  will  be  inspected  by  ANERT  officials  for  assessing  technical

feasibility and if found technically feasible, plant will be allotted to the

applicant through an Allotment Letter.

k. If the building is under construction, building number has to be submitted

by December 2012 or else the registration will be cancelled and the target

allotted to those in the waiting list.

l. Plants constructed without getting the Allotment Letter from ANERT or

without  following  the  instructions/  specifications  contained  in  the

Allotment Letter from ANERT will not be considered for subsidy release.

4. System Sizing and implementation strategy

a. System Sizing is as given below. Beneficiary has the freedom to select

system according to his/her requirements from the list given below.

Config

uration

Capacity of

SPV Module

Capacity

of PCU

Capacity of

Battery

Remarks

I 1000 W 1 kVA 5400 Wh Recommended if used 

mainly during day time -:3:-

Config

uration

Capacity of

SPV Module

Capacity

of PCU

Capacity of

Battery

Remarks

II 1000 W 1 kVA 7200 Wh Mostly  night  time  use  of

about 5 hours on full load. 

III 1000 W 1kVA 12000Wh Mostly night time use with 

one day autonomy (about 5

hours on full loadper day)

b. The  List  of  approved  system  suppliers/integrators  with  their  price  list

against each configuration will be provided by ANERT in the Allotment

Letter.

c. A  beneficiary  will  have  the  freedom  to  select  the  system

supplier/integrator  from  the  list  provided  by  ANERT according  to  their

choice  and  the  beneficiary  will  then  place  a  firm  work  order  to  the

supplier. A copy of the work order along with invoice and bill of material

has to be presented to ANERT before release of subsidy. Upon installing

and commissioning the system, the eligible subsidy will be released to the

beneficiary,  after  conducting  inspection  by  ANERT.  At  the  stage  of

releasing the subsidy, the same may be released to the supplier on behalf

of the beneficiary, if the beneficiary duly authorises the same and the

supplier agrees to this arrangement.

d. Technical specification of the system shall be according to MNRE norms/

specifications as intimated by ANERT. 

e. The installation and commissioning should be completed within 3 months

of receivingthe Allotment Letter from ANERT.

5. Warranty and Maintenance 

a. Total system will have a warranty for 5 years.  PV module will have a

performance warrantee for their output peak watt capacity (not less than

90% at the end of 12 years and 80% at the end of 25 years).

b. The beneficiary should maintain and operate the system properly for a

minimum period of 5 years, and any failure to do so will require that the

beneficiary should refund the subsidy availed. Beneficiary will be required

to execute an undertaking to this effect before receiving the subsidy.

c. The beneficiary will provide performance details of the system to ANERT

and allow ANERT officials to inspect the plants, as and when required in

the future.

DIRECTORANERT, Thycaud PO, Thiruvananthapuram - 695014

Tel. 0471-2338077, Fax: 2329853, director@anert.in, www.anert.gov.in

Application Form 

for 1kW Roof-top Solar Power Plant (2012-13)

(To be sent to The Director, ANERT at the above address)

For Office Use

Reg. No. : …………...................

Dt. : .......................................

Application fee details:

DD No.:  ...............................

Dt. :.......................................

Bank : ....................................

1 Name of applicant

2 Address in Full

                                                     

                                                         PIN:

3 Mobile phone No.

4 STD code/Land line No.

5 Email ID

6 Category (SC/ST/General)

7 Beneficiary has to submit self attested copy of Voters ID card/ Passport/ 

PAN card/any other photo ID card

Type of ID card submitted

ID card No.

Site Details:

8 Address of the 

site for 

installation

                                                           PIN:

9 Nearest land mark

10 Name of DISTRICT

11 Grama Panchayat/ 

Municipality/ Corporation

12 Ward No./Building No.-:2:-

13 Type of Application(Domestic / 

Non-domestic)

14 If non-domestic, specify type of building

[shop/ industry/ Govt./ educational/ 

others (specify)]

15 Shade free area available for installation of solar 

panel (Minimum requirement is nearly 15 m

2

)       ......................m

2

Electricity Consumption Details:

16 Do you have electricity connection YES / NO

(If YES, attach a copy of recent electricity bill)

17 Average monthly consumption of electricity  

   ...................units

18 Remittance details of application fee of Rs. 500/-

DD

No.

Date.

Bank

Declaration

I..............................................................................................................................,

Son/Daughter of .........................................................................................,  have

read  and  hereby  agree  with  the  terms  and  conditions  and  specifications

stipulated by ANERT for the selection and installation of roof-top solar power

plant. If allotted a plant, I agree to complete the installation within the time

allowed and submit the details to ANERT for release of subsidy. 

Signature : 

Place :       Name:

Date :

CHECK LIST:

1.Copy of photo ID card (YES/NO): ………. 

2.Copy of recent electricity bill (YES/NO): ……….

3.DD for Rs.500/- (YES/NO): ……….

4. Self-addressed Rs.5/- stamped envelope (YES/NO): ……….

5. Filled in acknowledgment slip (YES/NO): ……….-:3:-

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT SLIP

Your application for the roof-top solar power plant under the “10000 Roof-Top

Solar  Power  Plant  Project  2012-13”  has  been  received  along  with  the

registration fee of Rs.500/- vide DD with the following details:

DD No. 

DD Date

Issuing Bank

Amount Rs.500/-

(To be filled in by the applicant)  

The  following  Registration  Number  has  been  allotted  to  your  application.

Please quote this Registration Number in all your future correspondences.

Registration Number

Date of Registration 

(To be filled in by ANERT)  

Director

ANERT

Thycaud P. O.

Thiruvananthapuram - 695014

To

                                                   PIN

(Applicant has to write the full postal address with PIN in BLOCK 

letters in the box above) 

 

 

 Solar energy News

Kerala launches off-grid PV subsidy program for 2012-2013

The Indian state of Kerala has launched a subsidy program for off-grid rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plants for 2012-2013.

Under the Solar Rooftop Power Plants program the state will provide INR 39,000 (USD 720) per 1 KW system, and anticipates an additional central government subsidy of INR 81,000 (USD 1,500) per system. The program will be limited to 10,000 1 KW systems, for a total of 10 MW of PV capacity.

 

Battery backup required

Under the program, systems must have battery power storage between 5.4 kWh and 12 kWh. ANERT (Thiruvananthapuram, India) estimates that these systems will cost around INR 2.5 lakh (USD 4,600).

Applications have been available on the ANERT website as of September 1st, 2012, and ANERT will additionally be announcing a list of qualified vendors for the program.

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The state government's attempt to popularize solar-based small-scale power plants is getting a solid response from the public.

The Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (Anert), which is implementing the scheme, has received around 4,000 applications for setting up power plants of 1 kWp capacity.

"The initial public response is pretty good. Our target is to set up 10,000 rooftop solar powerplants in the current fiscal. Once we finalize our technology partners and the cost per plant, we expect more people to take up the scheme," Anert director P Valsaraj said.

Though the government had planned to rope in interested households for setting up 15,000 grid-connected rooftop solar power plants across the state, the idea was shelved because the Union government subsidy for solar plants is limited to 'off grid' power plants. The beneficiaries of the scheme would get around Rs 1.2 lakh as subsidy from the state and central governments. The selected households will have to spend around Rs 1 lakh for setting up a plant. The electricity department hopes to generate 10MW power by setting up 10,000 such units.

Valsaraj said several companies had come forward to partner with Anert for the project. "We would be empanelling at least 20 top-rated companies to provide technical assistance. Once this is done, we would be able to create a benchmark for the quality of equipment and fix the price structure," he said.

Thiruvananthapuram: The state government's attempt to popularise solar based small scale power plants has started getting impressive response from public. Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT), nodal agency for the scheme roll out, has received around 4000 applications for setting up the power plants of 1 KWp capacity.

The initial public response towards the subsidized scheme is pretty good. Our target is to set up 10,000 roof top mount solar power plants during the current fiscal. Once we complete the process of finalising the technology partners and the cost per plant, we expect more people to show interest towards the scheme'', said P Valsaraj, director of ANERT.

Though the state government had at first planned to rope in interested households for setting up 15,000 grid connected roof top solar power plants across the state, the idea had to be shelved primarily because the Union government subsidy to the solar plants is limited only to off grid'' power plants.

Beneficiaries of the scheme would get around Rs 1.2 lakh as subsidy from the state and central governments together. For setting up a single plant, the selected households will have to spend around Rs 1 lakh. By setting up 10,000 such units, the state power department hops to generate 10 MW of collar energy.

According to Valsaraj, several companies with national presence have expressed their willingness to part with ANERT for the roll of the solar power project in a technically competent, yet financially viable manner.

We would be empanelling at least 20 top rated companies for providing technical assistance for the roll out of the scheme. Once the empanelment is through, we would be able to create a bench mark for the quality of equipment and price structure for small scale solar power plants in the state'', he said.

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    Daily wager Bijendra Sao is fussing about at Exhibition Road in Patna to shop for his daughter’s dowry. The doting father wants the best that he can afford—a solar panel that can power two compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and a table fan. What better gift to give in a state that suffers perpetual power crisis. And what better place to shop for but the world’s biggest off-grid solar market that does an annual business of Rs 500 crore.

    Sao is spoilt for choice here. This one-kilometre road has numerous narrow bylanes that cater to the energy needs of people with all pocket sizes. Solar lanterns and streetlights, besides panels of all makes and sizes, are hoarded in matchbox-sized shops. A 75 watt panel can cost from Rs 2,500 to Rs 10,000.

    After half an hour of hectic negotiations, Sao pays Rs 3,200 for a 75 watt panel that has a two-year warranty. He is lucky, for a warranty is hard to get with underwatted panels. These do not give as much power as they promise. A 75 watt panel of a standard brand would have cost at least Rs 7,000.
    imageThe flourishing solar market is the result of a grim reality Bihar faces. The state needs 3,500 Mw, but supplies only 1,595 Mw through self-generation and by procuring it from other states, says Rajmohan Jha, deputy director of Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA).

    The shortfall makes the state a perfect market for off-grid energy products, he says. “Bihar gets 300 days of good sunlight in a year. It has off-grid photovoltaic potential of 7,300 MW,” says Sudhir Kumar of World Institute of Solar Energy (WISE), a non-profit in Pune. No wonder, Bihar has quietly replaced the expensive diesel generated power option with solar energy and become the third largest solar user in the country, according to Census 2011.

    A garment shop in Jandaha, Vaishali, has hoarded the much-in-demand solar panels.

    The state government, however, has shown little interest in encouraging solar energy and has never initiated a programme for rooftop off-grid solar power. In 2011, it formulated a renewable energy policy which approved 175 Mw grid-connected solar projects. But the policy has no clarity on off-grid solar. “This is why few entrepreneurs have shown interest,” says Harish K Ahuja of Moser Baer, solar panel manufacturer. No work has been initiated under the Centre’s Remote Village Electrification Programme which started in 2004. The programme promises its beneficiaries subsidised rooftop off-grid solar systems. “If government has a programme that promises subsidised solar equipment, people with low purchasing power will not have to buy underwatted equipment,” says Ahuja.

    Happy with little
    Trying to compete at the thriving Exhibition Road market, companies are taking solar equipment closer to villages. Every block in all the 38 districts of the state has its own small Exhibition Road, says Ramadheer Singh, retailer at Jandaha block in Vaishali district. Every shop, be it for clothes or stationery, also stocks solar equipment. “Panels manufactured by TBP are the cheapest and sell the most, despite being underwatted and without warranty,” says Bachchu Singh, retailer at Jandaha. A 75 watt TBP panel, the name of which sounds similar to that of the well-known Tata BP, may give only 30 watts power. Yet, it gives tough competition to Tata BP that offers a 20-year warranty.

    “I don’t care if the panel gives me less power than it promises. It suits my pocket and I get as much power as I require,” says daily wager Saroj Kumar, living in Jagdeeshpur village in Vaishali. A good quality panel is beyond his reach.

    Earlier, Saroj used to pay Rs 100 every month for a diesel generator to illuminate a 10 watt CFL for four hours and to charge his mobile phone. This works out to Rs 83 per unit, perhaps the highest per unit energy cost in the country. At present, Saroj’s panel is working well. But not all have such happy stories to narrate.

    When Rakesh Rai bought a cheap solar panel in Jagdeeshpur for Rs 3,500 a year ago, it could illuminate a CFL and at times a table fan. Six months later, the CFL gives dim light for not more than an hour. “The panel is not charging properly,” he says. Rai is back to using kerosene for light that costs around Rs 200 per month. “I cannot complain because I bought the panel knowing it was of poor quality,” he says.

    Substandard choice
    Solar market in Bihar is flooded with underwatted panels made in Hyderabad and Mumbai. “We tell companies what we need—cost, wattage and warranty years. We can choose the brand name. It could be your name, for instance,” says a dealer requesting anonymity.

    Hyderabad-based Surana Ventures is one such company, he says. Incidentally, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has accredited Surana Ventures to make panels under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.

    Fifty per cent of the state’s solar market is captured by those who make inferior equipment. A retailer in Patna can sell 50 cheap panels even on a bad day. In the past five years, Tata BP’s monopoly over the solar market has dropped by almost 70 per cent, says Piyush Agrawal, dealer at Exhibition Road.

    “Consumers are being openly duped. If they know that a 75 watt panel gives only 40 watt power, they will buy a good quality 40 watt panel at almost the same price, and it will even have warranty,” says Agrawal. “In villages, retailers push for underwatted panels because they get high profit margins,” says Amrendra Kumar, senior sales executive at Tapan Solar Energy Pvt Ltd, a Delhi-based solar manufacturer that sells equipment in Bihar.

    Bad experiences with solar power can lead to the misconception that solar energy is faulty, fear some renewable energy experts. “This may affect its acceptance in the future,” worries Manish Ram, renewable energy analyst with non-profit Greenpeace India. It recently released a report that presents Bihar as a model state for decentralised renewable energy systems.

    Ram says government should ensure that all panels adhere to the standards set by MNRE. “But the standards apply only to panels supplied under government programmes. Thus, we have no control over the market,” says a BREDA official on condition of anonymity.

    Those who have the money buy good quality panels. Raj Kumar runs a confectionery shop from his house at Salha village in Vaishali. A year ago, he bought an 80 watt Luminous panel with a 10-year warranty for Rs 6,000. It lights a 15 watt CFL in his shop and two 10 watt CFLs and an 18 watt fan at home. “It is good to buy panels with warranty. At least I can get it replaced if it stops functioning. It also gives the promised power,” he says.

    Power shortage in the state has worked to profit some others. Jagdeep Kumar of Araria village in Vaishali is not very rich. He thought of a novel idea that could earn him some bucks. After saving money for two years and borrowing some from friends, he bought six 80 watt Tata BP panels and created a small grid on his rooftop. The grid brightens up the lives of 50 households every evening. For four hours, each house can light an 8 watt CFL. Jagdeep charges them Rs 75 every month. He expects to recover the Rs 1 lakh installation cost in about five years.

    At present, what Bihar desperately needs is a strong policy push that provides off-grid energy solutions, says Kumar of WISE. Without it, cheap solar markets like the one at Exhibition Road are the only hope for the power-starved state. Good or bad, it’s what people in the state have learnt to depend on.

    Source: Down To Earth magazine

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