Tamil Nadu promotes solar systems at state colleges - report

(SeeNews) - Dec 7, 2012 - The Higher Education Department of India's Tamil Nadu state launched a campaign to promote the installation of solar systems at colleges to meet a 6% solar obligation by January 2014, The Hindu said Friday.

The state’s recently unveiled Solar Energy Policy 2012 envisages all colleges in the state to cover at least 6% of their electricity needs from solar power.

As part of the state’s efforts, the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) has developed a 25-kW special solar energy system package for educational institutions. The TEDA package, installed on an area of 4,000 sq ft (372 sq m), can generate between 35,000 and 40,000 kWh of electricity per year. The system will cost between INR 3 million (USD 55,000/EUR 43,000) and INR 3.5 million with a subsidy, or INR 5 million to INR 6 million unsubsidised. Colleges willing to use a 30% subsidy on their system costs must apply through the TEDA. The funds for the subsidy are provided by the Union Ministry of Renewable Energy (MNRE).

(INR 10 = USD 0.184/EUR 0.142)

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