Bangalore: Karnataka government plans to launch an ambitious self-sustaining solar technology programme in 3,900 villages in 39 most backward blocks to cater to the energy needs of 50 lakh people.
State-owned Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. (KREDL) this week invited bids from solar technology providers to design, finance, build, operate and maintain solar/hybrid power plants. The provider who wins the contract can collect fees from users.
These plants provide power either through a local mini-grid or a stand-alone or they make it available at a charging station, enabling residents to charge their electrical appliances.
Solar power is to be provided for street-lights, household consumption, entertainment, educational purposes, water-lifting for irrigation, drinking water supply, purification/desalination plants, deflourination, milk pasteurisation and local cottage industrial applications.
The solar power would be metered and made available at a fee determined in advance.
“Most of the targetted villages either have no electric supply or get poor voltage at present,” KREDL, managing director, H G Shivanandamurthy, told PTI.
“We will play the role of facilitator in the project. Our interest is to see that the people get power at the lowest cost,” he added.