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Kerala launches off-grid solar PV subsidy program for 2012-2013

According to reports, the Indian state of Kerala has launched a subsidy program for off-grid rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plants for 2012-2013.

Under the Solar Rooftop Power Plants program the state will provide INR 39,000 (USD 720) per 1 KW system, and anticipates an additional central government subsidy of INR 81,000 (USD 1,500) per system. The program will be limited to 10,000 1 KW systems, for a total of 10 MW of PV capacity.

Under the program, systems must have battery power storage between 5.4 kWh and 12 kWh. ANERT (Thiruvananthapuram, India) estimates that these systems will cost around INR 2.5 lakh (USD 4,600).

Applications have been available on the ANERT website as of September 1st, 2012, and ANERT will additionally be announcing a list of qualified vendors for the program.

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