Kerala is a state that has to its credit several top rankings in a number of development indices. In the days to come, Kerala will have one more feather in its cap - the title of being a fully electrified state. So far, only two states in India - Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat are fully electrified.
In fact, ANERT, the state government agency for exploring non-conventional energy sources, has said that in the last fiscal year, the state has increased its production of solar power by 50%. ANERT also contributed 200 lakh units of electricity to the state through their power projects.
The state has 13000 solar power projects, of which 100 are major initiatives
Here's a list of 9 instances when Kerala proved that sun is the answer to all its woes!
1. When Kerala decided to distribute solar lanterns to Class 11 and 12 students in unelectrified households.
2. When the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) became the first airport to be fully run on solar energy.
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3. When the Kerala Assembly decided to follow the CIAL model, and announced they will go fully solar as well.
The ‘Green Assembly’ will also be paperless!
4. When the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL), that will soon begin operations, announced that they will have solar power panels installed in 22 metro stations.
5. When the first solar-powered boat - Aditya - was launched in Kerala in January this year.
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6. Not just boats, Kerala also saw the launch of solar powered e-autorickshaws.
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Georgekutty Kariyanappally, who has been working in the field of renewable energy, designed the solar rickshaws, that claims to cause zero pollution.
7. When a Naval survey vessel, INS Sarvekshak, based at the Southern Naval Command in Kochi, deployed a solar power system that generates 5.4KW electricity.
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The energy would be used to run the vessel's emergency diesel alternator.
8. When the state set targets for district collectors to distribute 12 lakh to 20 lakh solar water heaters in their districts.
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9. When the state decided to start a state level Energy Education Park to create awareness about solar energy.
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