The main activities under the solar photovoltaic programme of ANERT currently are the installation of solar photovoltaic grid-tie power plants and the PM-KUSUM for solarisation of agricultural pumps. Off-grid systems are also promoted for special applications - especially for unelectrified remote hamlets.
ANERT has installed a 2 MW solar power plant at Kuzhalmannam, Palakkad. It is the first solar IPP power plant in the public sector in Kerala.
Solarisation of government/ public buildings to achieve the objective of Carbon Neutral Governance is an important activity in the Solar Photovoltaic Programme. Various activities under Soura scheme of the Urja Kerala Mission is an ambitious programme to install over 1000 MW of solar photovoltaic systems in Kerala.
The rooftop solar photovoltaic grid-tied sytems for domestic consumers have a capital subsidy component from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE, Govt of India).
Earlier, under this program, ANERT had distributed the following:
Solar PV devices like solar lantern (64000)
Solar home lighting systems (7900)
Solar street lighting systems (712)
Solar TV power pack (150)
Solar water pumping systems (deep & shallow well)
Solar fencing energisers (10)
Solar vaccine refrigeratior (10)
Solar fishermen pack (25)
SPV demo kits for schools (350)
PV insect light traps(4)
PV rubber tapper's light(120)
PV modules of 35,70 and 90W (7500) etc.
Though only a few devices had MNRE subsidy, all the above devices were distributed to the public with a subsidy component utilising ANERT/State funds.
Currently off-grid and grid-tied solar photovoltaic power plants are being promoted in a big way.