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In the city of Kochi, the Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (Anert) is going to install solar-based electric vehicle charging stations at hotel and mall premises. The move will thereby reduce the dependency on hydropower for charging vehicles and promote the use of electric vehicles.
Anert received the sanction from the government for this, and has invited quotes from national level empaneled agencies to set up the charging points. Currently, Anert has five fully operational charging stations and work for another six is underway.
As the state does not have any qualified company capable of setting up these charging stations, Anert has invited quotations at national level for empanelment agencies to provide technical support and awareness to the interested parties. It will empanel eight to 10 agencies and the beneficiary can select the company for setting up the charging station.
An Anert official said – “Anert will give subsidies to malls and hotels to set up solar based charging stations. About 5kw to 50kw of solar panels can be installed for the purpose, and the operator will get 50% subsidy. Electricity consumption is high for charging vehicles, so we have to tap green energy sources to reduce the huge burden on the KSEB. In our existing stations, consumers have to wait 30 minutes to an hour to get their vehicle fully charged. If we set up charging stations at hotels and malls, people can charge their vehicle while they shop or have food. We are looking into places with refreshment facilities and washrooms, where business is high to set up these stations.”