State to generate 1,000-MW solar power

The government would take steps to step up the State’s solar power generation to 1,000 MW, Electricity Minister M.M. Mani has said.

The Minister was inaugurating a 33-kV electrical substation attached to the newly commissioned 6-MW hydroelectric project at Perunthenaruvi, near Vadasserikkara, on Thursday.

According to him, the State is exploring various non-conventional sources in view of the difficulties in setting up major hydroelectric projects in the State.

He said at present the State generated only 30% of the electricity it required.

He said the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has been pursuing small and mini-hydroelectric projects as it could not launch any more major hydroelectric projects owing to environmental and eco issues.

Mr. Mani said the KSEB, with the help of ANERT, was planning to install solar panels atop various private buildings to generate not less than 1,000 MW of power in a time-bound manner.

Raju Abraham, MLA, presided over the function.

The Perunthenaruvi substation has been set up at a cost of Rs. 1.60 crore. The 33-kV substation would be used to distribute the power generated at Perunthenaruvi.

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