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Kerala State Electricity Board told to promote solar energy

According to reports, Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission has directed the State Electricity Board (KSEB) to provide an enabling environment for promoting solar power in the State.

“KSEB and other licensees in the State should support the individual initiatives for development of solar electricity,” the regulator said in its order issued on Tuesday.

The State government has published the draft of a Kerala Solar Energy Policy, 2013, it reminded KSEB and other licensees. “Solar electricity generation is expected to receive a fillip in the current year itself due to such policy initiatives.”

Connectivity to the grid should be provided to all developers after approving and declaring the required technical protocol related to safety and other technical standards.

“KSEB shall approach the commission with appropriate proposals related to net metering, feed in tariff, banking etc on or before July 31, 2013,” the order said.

“The commission expects that KSEB would initiate appropriate proactive steps that will enable them to procure 0.25 per cent of energy consumption from solar sources during 2013-14 as provided in the regulations, from within the State itself,” it added.

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