800 houses to get free solar power plant in Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Electricity Board will install rooftop solar power plants over 800 houses in the state. A total of 500 houses constructed for the homeless under the Life Mission Scheme and 300 houses provided by the Scheduled Caste Department will be selected for the solar power plant project.

Residents in these houses will be allowed to consume the power generated through the plant. They can earn an income by selling solar power after consumption.

This Green Energy Income Scheme will be carried out under ANERT, a government agency.

Electricity minister K Krishnankutty stated that the project aims to ensure the benefits of green energy to the downtrodden people. So far, solar power plants were installed in 400 houses in Kerala.

A solar power plant of two kilowatts which generates 8 units of power per day will be installed in houses under Life Mission Scheme. KSEB will incur Rs 1.35 lakh for installing a single plant. A fund of Rs 6.75 cr including Rs 1.75 cr as subsidy from the central government will be utilized for the project in 500 houses.

A house will be able to sell 1200 units to KSEB and raise Rs 4000.

Meanwhile, houses constructed under the SC department will be equipped with a solar power plant of three kilowatts. This plant will generate 12 units of power per day. Sources close to KSEB revealed that the project will incur Rs 5.715 cr as installing a single plant will cost Rs 1,90,500. SC Department will allocate Rs 4.2 cr for the project which has a subsidy from the central government. A house can earn an additional income of Rs 7200 by selling 2400 units of power.

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