According to reports, as an alternative for the acute power crisis in the state, Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation (Keltron) makes an entry into solar power by manufacturing solar power inverters and power conditioners.
The ‘Solar India’ concept of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission is being supported by Keltron for implementing the solar projects in all jails.
The project is implemented at Central Prison here, by the initiative of Kerala State Prison Department in setting up Solar Prisons in the state. In future all other expansion projects inside the jail, such as making of bricks and cutting of stones also will be powered from solar energy, and the project would be implemented by Keltron.
The power conditioning unit which is the major part of the system, developed by Keltron with a technical tie-up with IIT Kharagpur, is expected to be commissioned within two months. Nearly 229 KW of power would be generated by the project with a solar photovoltaic power plant which costs Rs 7.9 crore.
All lighting inside the jail complex, lighting and fans of all cell blocks, steam cooking, chappathi making unit, water pumping unit, Superintendent Office and DGP Office will be powered by this solar energy. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has approved the project implemented by Keltron and 30 per cent subsidy was also sanctioned.
Apart from the Central Prison complex in Thiruvananthapuram, the Kerala State Prisons Department has entrusted the implementation of 665 KW solar plants to Keltron for a total order value of Rs 22 crore.
Based on the order, solar power plants will be further implemented in Central prison- Kannur; Central Prison- Viyyur; Open Prison- Nettukaltheri; Open prison annex – Thevamcode; District Jail-Thiruvananthapuram and Special sub-jail – Thiruvananthapuram. All these projects are expected to be completed by February 2013.