Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) is organising a two-day event here on Saturday and Sunday (February 22 and 23) to create awareness on the Chief Minister’s capital incentive scheme for solar rooftop systems for domestic purpose.
An official of the agency told The Hindu that a similar event will be held here on March 1 and 2.
The State Government has identified 17 vendors for the project and three of them have put up stalls at the Government Polytechnic College here to demonstrate the working of the rooftop systems.
The official said that a consumer who wants to install one kw rooftop solar system under the scheme will get Rs. 50,000 subsidy.
This includes Rs. 20,000 from the State Government and Rs. 30,000 from the Union Government. The plan is to have about 10,000 installations in the State initially. At least 5,000 of these are expected in this region (Coimbatore, Tirupur and Erode districts).
The consumer will have to submit an application to TEDA to get the benefit. It can be an application from an individual or a group of consumers (those who live in apartments). The TEDA will send a message to the consumer when it gives its approval.
The entire process will take about a couple of months. It will also give the consumer details of the vendors and the rates that they quote.
The consumer can choose the vendor. The consumer and the vendor will inform the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) about the installation so that it can provide net meter to the electricity service connection.
D. Devarajan of Sree Dev Solar Solutions, one of the vendors in the project and who has put up a demo system at the event, said that an one kw solar system can generate at least four units of energy a day.
This will take care of most of the essential energy needs of a household. A consumer who does not consume the entire solar energy generated can export it to the grid. With better awareness about the solar systems and the scheme, more consumers in the region are expected to go in for it.