New Delhi, December 30 (G’nY News Service): The before and after of the same place, different years in the idyllic Kavaratti, the island capital of Lakshadweep.
Following G’nY ‘s story in the issue titled ‘The Isles of Lakshdweep’ in November 2012, the broken down facilities were redeemed for the energy starved island in February, 2013, when the then Union Minister for New & Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah inaugurated the 760 KWp Grid Interactive SPV Power Plant’. The plant can now generate energy of up to 8,16,000 kwh each year and contribute to a 652.8 tonne reduction in CO2. The overall cost in renovating and making additions to the plant was 12.58 crores and the 2013 upgrade increased the number of SPV modules from 1440 (PV Modules) to 4500.
Lakshadweep today has seven functioning SPV power plants of which Kavaratti has the largest facility. Two more SPV stations are underway for 50 KWp each.