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KSEB chairman calls for list of solar firms in state

According to reports, Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) Chairman M Sivasankar has said a state-level list of solar energy companies should be prepared by the Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) to popularise the use of renewable energy in the state.

He was speaking at a seminar on ‘Kerala’s transition to solar energy’, organised by Kerala Renewable Energy Entrepreneurs and Promoters’ Association (KREEPA), here on Thursday.

He said the KSEB is not in a position to buy solar energy produced on rooftops in the state unless it is above 1 MW.

“Purchase of power from individual producers cannot be considered at this juncture. The proposal can only be considered after five years. Without improving the quality of existing grids, power produced from rooftop solar panels cannot be transmitted to it. The KSEB is interested in buying power but technology has to be improved accordingly,” he said.

Kochi Corporation Town Planning Committee Chairman K J Sohan said time has come to embrace not only solar energy, but also other renewable energy resources too.

ANERT project manager Ajith Gopi and KREEPA president Fr George Peter Pittappillil also spoke.

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