The solar potential in Kerala is as high as 14,346 MW while the roof top solar potential is 6,187 MW. C-Dit in colobaration with IIT Bombay has conducted a Case Study at Chendamangalam grama panchayat of parvoor taluk, Ernakulam district to identify the Energy Demand & Solar Energy Potential of the panchayat.

 

 

Abstract Report

Objectives

1.      To study the scope of ‘Solar PV energy Integration’ by collecting and analysing data about the current power consumption (demand) and PV power generation potential (supply) in the Panchayat.

2.      To identify existing solar PV technologies and solutions which can be integrated into regular needs/demands and load patterns of existing electricity customers in the Panchayat.

3.      To design ‘customized solutions’ as techno economic packages for different categories of consumers.
4.      To identify implementation challenges of decentralised solar PV power project at Panchayat level and to come up with an appropriate planning and execution strategy.
5.      To document the learning from this proposed study in terms of technology/ policy solutions and device an implementation strategy for larger understanding and replication.

 

Methodology

Proposed field study will be conducted in two phases.

Phase I:  Awareness creation, pilot survey and Stage 1 survey

A general awareness campaign about solar PV technology and importance of adopting renewable energy will be launched in the Panchayat prior to Stage 1 Survey. Awareness videos and materials will be exhibited in the schools and offices. Stage 1 survey will be conducted through teams of trained high / higher secondary school students. Thus it serves the dual purpose of awareness creation and data collection through school partners. Students from nearby engineering colleges can also get involved in this process as ‘Mentors’ to guide student teams.
 

Phase II: Stage 2 survey, data analysis, and technical solutions

After short listing potential customers for PV systems, based on the stage 1 survey data, a stage 2 survey will be conducted for further details and technical solutions will be designed and suggested for each category of consumers based on the insights and information after analysing stage 2 survey data. This will be followed by a meeting with all possible vendors who can provide/install customized PV systems.  A list of ‘techno economic’ packages for each customer category can be generated through this vendors meeting.
 

Phase III: Setting up ofa solar co-operative/ consortium’ in the Grama panchayat & Capacity building

A ‘solar co-operative/ consortium’ will be formed in Chendamangalam Grama panchayat for the implementation and maintenance activities of Solar PV power packages in the panchayat.  The consortium consists of around 10 to 15 Local engineers/ technical hands as identified by the Grama panchayat and it function under the control and guidance of C-DIT. As a part of capacity building to ensure smooth operation & maintenance of the implemented systems, the technical hands in the consortium will be given necessary hands-on training on assembling, installation and maintenance of the system.
 

Phase IV: Implementation: Tendering, Procurement, Installation

The implementation of Solar PV packages in requested households will be done by C-DIT through solar co-operative functioning locally at Chendamangalam Grama panchayat. The households can send requests for solar PV packages either to C-DIT or to the solar co-operative and these requests are processed at C-DIT. Through proper technical and financial tenders, C-DIT will procure the components of Solar PV packages. The components are then delivered to ‘Solar co-operative’ for further installation at the requested households. Post maintenance activities of installed packages will also be carried out through Solar co-operative.  The payment for installation/ maintenance activities will be made by households directly to C-DIT and charges to Solar co-operative will be done by C-DIT on proportional basis.
 

Phase V: Monitoring and Evaluation- To ensure smooth and successful running of implemented Solar PV systems

A monitoring & evaluation cell will be formed in C-DIT to ensure that the Solar PV packages are being implemented properly and in a timely manner, expected results are being achieved in a sustainable manner, customers are satisfied with the services, maintenance requests are rectified promptly etc.

A call centre will be setup with toll free number to attend the maintenance requests & queries raised by the customers regarding Solar PV solutions.

 

Sample unit

The proposed study will be conducted in Chendamangalam Grama Panchayat of Paravur Taluk, Ernakulum district, Kerala. According to 2011 Census, the Panchayat has 7560 households (excluding institutional households). Of which 7410 households are depending KSEB for lighting their houses. It is about 98.02 percent of the total households in the Panchayat.  Three households are using solar energy for lighting.

 

 

 
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