Trivandrum: Ten more public sector units under Kerala’s Industries Department are looking to switch to solar energy as the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) today became the first to harness the power of the sun.
Minister for Industries & IT Shri P K Kunhalikutty who switched on the off-grid Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) system at KSIDC’s Corporate Office in Vellayambalam here said it is a pioneering initiative that should be emulated by government departments across the state. “Green energy, water conservation and waste management are three of our most pressing requirements today. We are happy that KSIDC is setting an example for other such organisations by switching to sustainable, clean energy,” he said.
V Somasundaran, Additional Chief Secretary (Industries & Commerce), said SPV systems are being considered for 10 more PSUs under the department including Travancore Cochin Chemicals, Steel and Industrial Forgings Ltd, Steel Industries Kerala Limited, Malabar Cements, Kerala Minerals and Metals, SIDCO and KINFRA. According to estimates, solar panels installed at the premises of these PSUs can collectively generate around 2940 KW of solar energy.
KSIDC’s SPV system has an installed capacity of 32 kWp (kilowatt peak) and is expected to generate 120 units of electricity per day on average. It consists of 250 Wp/240 Wp Solar PV modules, 30 kVA and 10 kVA Power Conditioning Units with battery backup. Lights, fans and computer loads are to be fed directly by solar power during the day time when sunlight is available. Additional load, if any, will be drawn from the grid.
KSIDC Managing Director Tom Jose said the system is expected to help KSIDC save around Rs 4 lakh annually. “It is a one-time investment, the system is guaranteed to function for the next 20-25 years,” he said. “Solar energy technologies are evolving at a rapid pace and the costs involved are likely to reduce even further.”
State-owned Keltron, which has over 30 years of expertise in the field of power electronics, has commissioned the system and will take care of its maintenance and technical support.
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