Henceforth, people visiting Atalji Janasnehi Kendras (restructured of Nemmadi Kendras) will heave a sign of relief, for they will not be sent back siting power cut problem like on the past.
Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) is setting up 2KWP capacity each off-grid solar power generating systems (Power Plant) at 166 Nemmadi Kendra of Mysore Regional Commissioners Jurisdiction.
Three systems, one printer, and a light can be used continuously in the generated power. The Power Plant has already been installed at ten kendras namely Varuna, Jaipur, Ilwala (Mysore), Bhagamandala (Kodagu), Chinnakurali (Mandya), Shanthigrama (Hassan), Beruru, Mudabidri, Brahmavara and Bannur.
According to Mysore Branch Office KREDL Project Engineer DK Dinesh Kumar per day seven to eight units of power can be generated and its sufficient for Nemmadi Kendras.
An automatic change over switch has also been provided so that, in case of cloudy weather the system can be manually switched over to regular power supply.
To set-up power plant at each Kendra, its cost around Rs 3.5 lakh (50% - Revenue Department; 30% - Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, GOI and 20% - KREDL). Through e-procurement the tender and maintenance for five years has been given for Bangalore-based 'Power One' company.
Project Engineer DK Dinesh Kumar said that “Power interruption of hours together is common at villages. People were sent back and works were upheld. Due to set-up of solar panel the works will go on smoothly.”
“There are even instance where diesel generators are used in time of emergency. To generate per unit of power it would cost about Rs 7 to Rs 8 per unit. But now, the power and other additional expenditure are cut down.”
“We have declared Mysore city as solar city. If commercial buildings like malls, shopping complex implement the programme, power problem can be solved for large extent. There is 30 per cent subsidy by Government and one should avail the opportunity, he added.
List of 166 Kendras
Chamarajanagar – 12
Chikkamangalore – 27
Dakshina Kannada – 11
Hassan – 30
Kodagu – 13
Mysore – 27
Mandya – 39
Udupi – 7