The Central Government has sanctioned Rs. 5 crore to the country to be given as subsidy for establishing wind-solar hybrid power generation units during the financial years 2010–2011 and 2011–2012.

The subsidy is intended to achieve generation of 500 KW through hybrid power plants, which could function 24 hours a day, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) Deputy General Manager of Madurai Region, S.E.S. Syed Ahamed, told The Hindu here on Thursday.

The Centre is keen to ensure that recent technological advances in renewable energy led to optimum utilisation of the resources in order to address the power shortage in the country, he said.

The TEDA Madurai Region comprises 11 southern and central Districts from Kanyakumari to Tiruvarur.

“Educational institutions, particularly the engineering colleges, would stand to benefit by setting up hybrid power generation plants as pilot projects. Besides cutting down on their massive electricity bill, they could also provide their students with hands-on experience in this state-of-the-art technology,” said Mr. Syed.

An investment of Rs. 2.25 lakh would be required for every kilowatt of power generation using this technology. Hybrid system should be installed in locations with adequate wind density and sunlight intensity to attain maximum power generation, he said.

Several southern districts such as Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Tiruneveli, Theni and coastal areas of Ramanathapuram, besides Pudukottai, have been found to possess the potential for such systems.

The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy subsidy would cover 75 per cent of the project cost or Rs. 1.5 lakh per kilowatt.