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Low cost solar panels in kerala for ANERT Schemes, state subsidies, central incentives


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

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,

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*  Solar energy News


Kerala releases draft solar policy for 2013 including mandatory use of solar water heating


The state government of Kerala, India has released its draft solar policy for 2013, calling for 500 MW of new solar by 2017 and 1.5 GW by 2030.

“Kerala Solar Energy Policy 2013” covers both solar electric and solar thermal technologies, calling for mandatory use of solar water heating in many buildings. The policy will be implemented on April 1st, 2013.

“There is a popular perception that solar energy could be the key part of the solution to the energy crisis in the State,” notes Kerala's Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT).

“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.”


Mandatory solar water heating in public, private buildings

In the policy, Kerala calls for mandatory solar water heating in all industrial buildings that use hot water for processing, all hospitals and nursing homes, hotels, resorts, large residential buildings, several types of government buildings and all-weather swimming pools.

It also calls for promotion of solar steam systems and water heating for process heat requirements in a variety of public and private applications.


Multiple forms of solar generation, multiple support programs

For electricity generation, Kerala also seeks to deploy multiple forms of solar generation, including off-grid rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plants to displace diesel generation, grid-connected PV plants at demand points, off-site solar generation on canals, reservoirs, waste lands and quarries, and off-shore concentrating solar power (CSP) plants.

For these different sectors the policy calls for multiple procurement and support programs including feed-in tariffs. Competitive bidding and allocation would be adopted for the more challenging applications including off-shore systems.

Solar purchase obligations will be implemented for larger commercial and industrial customers.


Grids, storage emphasized

Kerala's draft policy also calls for improvement of interconnection standards, and a comprehensive set of protocols to improve grid quality, with a specific focus on micro-grids.

Additionally the policy calls for an exploration into developing pumped storage to enable higher levels of grid integration of electricity from solar.

The policy also addresses solar industry development, targeting balance of systems (BoS) manufacturing, as well as calling for the creation of a research and development hub.











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.



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.




ANERT Scheme for subsidised solar rooftop in kerala


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Target                                           : 10 MW for Rooftop solar pv

Support by ANERT                     : Rs 39000/ kw

Subsidy by Central gov              : 30 % of the project cost or Rs 81000/kw
whichever is lower

Eligibility                                      : Only one application per individual size 1 kwp

No of applications
recd from 1st to 12th                 : 1278

Max appliactions
allowed                                     : 10,000

Target of the scheme             : Households and cottage industries

Grid connection                      : Not grid connected

Estimated cost of
a 1kw system with
battery by ANERT                  : Rs 2,50,000/ kw


Subsidy by ANERT
Subsidy by Central
Government                           : Rs 1,20,000 / kw

Therefore investment           : Rs 1,30,000 /kw

Minimum rooftop
area                                        : 15 square meters

Enclosed area with
limited access
for battery and
inverter                                  : 2 square meters



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