Payyanur Solar Project
Solar Engineering, Business Corporate and Installation Training for youth and professionals from
Kerala - Thiruvananthapuram, Kilimanoor, Kovalam, Varkala, Kollam, Karunagappally, Thiruvalla, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Pala, kochi, Thrissur, Guruvayur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Vadakara, Kannur, Payyanur, Kanhangad, Kasaragod
PV Technology through Local Self GovernmentsIn 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 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.