The Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEB) with the Union government is reportedly planning to deploy floating solar power generation units in a big way.
The board is looking to generate power from floating solar panels at half the cost it currently incurs with the cutting-edge technology and support that SECI has extended.
KSEB chairman and managing director N S Pillai speaking to TOI said “The board has plans to use all major reservoirs for the deployment of floating solar units. The advent of new technologies and support of the central agency would help us cut down generation and installation costs. The average price for power generation from floating solar panels is currently Rs 8 per unit. It could be brought down up to Rs 4 per unit.”
The publication reports that power minister M M Mani addressing a news conference said the government was committed to explore more sources for power generation and cited the newly simplified procedure for power connection as a token of customer-friendly initiatives in the pipeline.
“By providing only an identity card and a document to prove land ownership, one can get a power connection. Procedures have never been simpler,” Mani said.
Mani also inaugurated the ‘green channel’ mechanism introduced by the board for providing power connection to HT and EHT consumers at lightning speed.
“The preliminary report of proposed additional power generating station, using the same Idukki reservoir has been encouraging. We are now conducting a financial viability study,” said the board chairman.