1) Rural Energy Planning- Dissemination of PV Technology through Local Self Governments and Need Based Techno-Financial Packages - Case Study at Chendamangalam Gramapanchayath

Decentralization of energy planning through local self-governments has become a possibility since the development of solar photovoltaics and other small scale power generation technologies.  In a state like Kerala, where panchayati raj institutions have proved their efficiency in handling development projects, a gram panchayat could be an appropriate level of decentralised governance with adequate resources and capacity for designing a MW scale PV power system through kW scale distributed installations (off grid and grid connected rooftop plants). The feasibility of such a project was investigated in Chendamangalam gram panchayat of Paravoor Taluk in Ernakulam by C-DIT and National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education (NCPRE), IIT Bombay with the support of KSEB & Chendamangalam Panchayat. The project was aimed to develop and document a proper design methodology and implementation strategy to convert the Grama Panchayat area into a ‘Solar Grama Panchayat’ through innovations in technology design, planning, implementation, and post implementation management. An exhaustive, well-planned one full day energy survey programme wasconducted on 12-Jan-2013 using2500 students offour major schoolsand engineering collegesof the panchayat with the help and guidance of ward members, Kudumbashree members(women self-help groups), parents and teachers of respective institutions.

Based on the analysis of the energy survey at Chendamangalam, certain solar PV packages were designed for different class of consumers (based on their bimonthly energy consumption and ownership of appliances). Innovative design of custom PV solutions and institutionalization of operation and maintenance, supported with clear government policies and finance options can help in transforming a panchayat into an energy surplus entity through rooftop PV revolution.

2) Implementation  of Solar PV Power Solutions

  • 1KWp rooftop solar PV solution at the office of the Honorable Chief Minister, Kerala.
  •  50 Solar Street lights at Sainik School premises , Thiruvananthapuram.
  • 1.5kWp Solar Power Plant at C-DIT main campus, Thiruvananthapuram.
  •  3kWp Solar Power plant at Cherpu Block Panchayat Office, Thrissur.
  •  7kWp Solar Power plant at Pazhayannur Gramapanchayat Office, Thrissur.
  •  5kWp Solar Power plant at VallatholNagar Gramapanchayat Office, Thrissur.
  •  5kWp Solar Power plant at Azheekode Gramapanchayat Office, Kannur.
  •  5kWp Solar Power plant at Payyannur Block Panchayat Office, Kannur.
  •  5kWp Solar Power plant at Ayyankkunnu Gramapanchayat Office, Kannur.
  •  5kWp Solar Power plant at Mangattidom Gramapanchayat Office, Kannur.
  •  5kWp Solar Power plant at Pinarayi Gramapanchayat Office, Kannur.
  •  Solar Streetlight solution for Azheekode Grama Panchayat, Kannur
  •  Solar Streetlight solution for Karasserri Grama Panchayat, Kozhikode
  •  Solar Streetlight solution for Vadakara Municipality, Kozhikode
  • 5kWp Solar Power Plant at Chendamangalam Grama Panchayat, Eranakulam
  • 3kWp Solar Power Plant at Panangad Grama Panchayat, Kozhikode
  • 5kWp Solar Power Plant at Peruvallur Grama Panchayat, Malappuram
  • 3kWp Solar Power Plant at Irinjalakuda Block Panchayat, Thrissur
  • 3kWp Solar Power Plant at Cherpu Community Health Centre, Thrissur
  • 7kWp Solar Power Plant at Koothuparambu Block Panchayat, Kannur
  • 2kWp Solar Power Plant at Panangad Veterinary Hospital, Kozhikode
  • 3kWp Solar Power Plant at Wadakkancherry BlockPanchayat, Thrissur
  • 3kWp Solar Power Plant at Chirakkal Grama Panchayat, Kannur

3)Training Programs on Solar Photovoltaic Systems

The Government of Kerala has started the utilisation of renewable energy sources through structured approach. It is clear that the utilisation of solar energy can play a vital role to manage the crisis of energy in the state. The mission of our state is to increase the installed capacity of the solar sector in the state to 500 MW by 2017 and 1500 MW by 2030. This mission generates large direct and indirect employment opportunities in the areas of solar and allied industries. In order to enable the deployment of solar PV systems in the state, there is a need for large number of trained people in solar PV area. With an aim to create skilled manpower for installation and maintenance of Solar PV Power Systems in the State, C-DIT launched two day Technician Training Programmes on Solar Photovoltaic Systems for Electricians and Technicians in the state to expand their skill set in Solar PV technology and thereby equip them to contribute in the Solar Energy initiatives of the State. The programme is fully practical oriented and is being conducted at C-DIT campus at Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur. So far we have successfully completed 18 batches and trained around 700 electricians/ technicians in the state.

C-DIT has successfully completed the first batch of Suryamitra Skill Development Programme of NISE. The second batch of the programme is currently going on at C-DIT campus, Thiruvananthapuram.