The State Water Transport Department of Kerala government has floated a tender for the construction and supply of three solar boats. The vessels will have a capacity to carry 75 passengers. The total capacity of the solar PV modules on the vessels should not be less than 20 kW and a battery bank of approximately 80 kWh batteries should be provided to meet the energy deficiency in case of cloudy conditions. According to the tender guidelines, the interested bidders will have to submit Rs 900,000 as the earnest money deposit. The last date for the submission of bids is November 30, 2019.
The state is also working to set up 200 MW of rooftop solar projects under the Phase-1 of its Soura programme. Nearly 150 MW of projects would be developed under the renewable energy service company (RESCO) model, and 50 MW will be developed on a turnkey basis. The total investment required for the 50 MW capacity under turnkey basis is Rs 2.5 billion. For the arrangement of the finance, the Kerala State Electricity Board is coordinating with the Punjab National Bank.