Event Reports

ECC outreach activities during COVID 19 - Advertisements (January 2021)

Tue, 20/04/2021 - 08:23

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) work in their respective districts (Tiruvallur, Tiruvannamalai, Tirunelveli, Cuddalore, Salem, Tiruchirapalli, and Vellore) to help consumers by addressing their concerns around electricity issues and to raise awareness about energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. To further their reach, ECCs have started advertising their services in various channels. Some of the means of communication are a) handbill distribution, b) newspaper advertisements, and c) television advertisements. The main objectives are i) To let people know about ECCs,  their  functions, and  contact details with additional details of  helping consumers with their complaints / queries related to electricity ii) To create awareness on energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy by providing details and tips. 

Handbills

Handbills were distributed to consumers either in person, with all of the COVID-19 precautions, or as insets in newspapers. This operation was carried out once a month by all ECCs in their respective districts.

ECC Advertisements

Image 1: Handbills distributed by placing inside Newspaper.

Newspaper advertisements of size 120 sq. cm were published in major newspapers of the respective ECC districts. This activity was carried out once a month by all ECCs in their respective districts.

ECC Advertisements

Image 2:advertisement printed on newspaper

ECC Advertisements

Image 3: advertisement printed on newspaper

ECCs have been able to reach more than 10000 consumers during January 2021. As a result, the number of complaints and queries received by ECCs from consumers have also considerably increased during this period. 

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Online quiz competition on Electricity Governance, Energy Efficiency, and Renewable Energy (October 2020 - December 2020)

Tue, 20/04/2021 - 08:20

CAG continued with its efforts to promote energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy among school children. After receiving a good response from students for the online quiz competitions conducted between June and December 2020,  Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) continued the competitions through the months of January to March 2021 for school students from grades 6 to 12 in Tiruvallur, Cuddalore, Tirunelveli, Salem, Tiruvannamalai, Tiruchirappalli, and Vellore. 

The quiz was divided into a) electricity governance: considering the increasing necessity of electricity in our day-to-day life, it is important to understand how the electricity sector works in the state. b) energy efficiency: avoiding unnecessary consumption, and efficient usage of electricity are also important aspects to be considered. c) renewable energy: an important aspect of sustainable living and the future scope of electricity. 

A total of around 1500 students participated in the quiz. The following chart gives the number of participants from each of the 7 ECC districts.

ECC Quiz

Image 1- number of students participated on quiz

A certificate of participation was issued to all the students, a sample of which is  attached below:

ECC Quiz

Image 2- sample participation certificate

An analysis of  responses given by participants, indicate  that more than 40% of the questions from each topic answered correctly (image 3).

ECC Quiz

Image 3 - Overview of marks scored in each topic 

This reflects that the students have displayed some awareness on the above mentioned topics. While this is encouraging, persistent efforts to increase the awareness levels is necessary. CAG will continue to engage with school children on widening their knowledge on energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy. 

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Online quiz competition on Electricity Governance, Energy Efficiency, and Renewable Energy

Thu, 29/10/2020 - 08:45

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown situation, several schools initiated online classes., Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) undertook an online quiz competition to inculcate interest and enhance knowledge on electricity governance, energy efficiency, energy conservation and renewable energy. Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) also created videos on how the electricity bill is calculated during lockdown period in Tamil Nadu (English and Tamil) and how it used to be calculated before the pandemic (English and Tamil).

The online quiz competitions were held from the month of June to September 2020. They were conducted for school students of grades  6 to 12in Tiruvallur, Cuddalore, Tirunelveli, Salem, Tiruvannamalai, Tiruchirappalli, and Vellore. The competition was organised by the Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs), an initiative of CAG. 

The quiz was divided into a) Electricity governance: considering the increasing necessity of electricity in our day-to-day life, it is important to understand how the electricity sector works in the state. b) Energy efficiency: avoiding unnecessary consumption, and efficient usage of electricity are also important aspects to be considered. c) Renewable energy: an important aspect of sustainable living and the future scope of electricity. 

Totally around 5,300 students participated in the quiz and the below chart gives the number of participants from each of the 7 ECC districts.

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Image 1 - No. of students participated in the online quiz competition

A certificate of participation was issued to all the students on their successful participation. A sample certificate of participation is attached below:

 

Image 2 - Sample certification of participation

From the responses given by the participants, it was found that more than 50% of the questions from each topic were answered correctly (image 3). 

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Image 3 - Overview of marks scored in each topic 

 

This reflects that the students have some awareness on the above mentioned topics. While this is encouraging, persistent efforts to increase the awareness levels is necessary. CAG will continue its work to this effect and will add value to the cause through its research and related initiatives. 

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Social Media Campaign on Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation, and Renewable Energy

Thu, 29/10/2020 - 08:43

Social media plays a significant role in this digital era across all sectors. This is especially so during the COVID-19 pandemic situation, where consumers are left with little option than to communicate using social media/virtually. Considering the potential of social media platforms, Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) has been executing several social media campaigns to create awareness among citizens on electricity related issues like knowing one’s electricity bill, the bill calculations during the pandemic, energy efficiency, energy conservation, renewable energy and so on. 

They are in the form of videos and posters and have been shared on CAG’s FacebookInstagram, and Twitter pages. The nation majorly depends on the thermal power plants (almost 62%) for the electricity generation, which has several disadvantages for the environment. These posters were aimed at imparting awareness among consumers and  enable them to conserve energy by following some best  practices. The campaign also urges consumers to switch to renewable energy sources such as rooftop solar and solar water heaters. 

In addition, the Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs), established by CAG in seven districts of Tamil Nadu viz Tiruvallur, Cuddalore, Tirunelveli, Salem, Tiruvannamalai, Tiruchirappalli, and Vellore, in association with the local organisations, have shared all the posters with their WhatsApp groups, thus, extending the reach of the campaign. We were able to reach around 500 consumers across the seven districts with our messages on energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy. 

In all, 20 posters were created and shared on social media platforms at regular intervals. Through this social media campaign CAG has been able to reach 300 consumers per day to spread awareness on energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

The posters shared in the social media is given below:

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ECC Outreach Meeting Report - March 2020

Tue, 13/10/2020 - 08:49

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) have conducted two outreach meetings in the month of March. Participants from different consumer categories such as commercial, agricultural, and domestic attended the meetings in:

  1. Devalapuram Village, Ambur, Vellore District on March 11,2020

  2. Vayalur Village, Trichy district on March 13,2020.

Presentation by ECC representatives

ECC coordinators explained the importance of conducting outreach meetings, which are platforms to discuss the electricity-related issues and create awareness on energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy. 

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ECC advisors described the functions and role of the ECCs in their respective districts. They explained the nature of complaints registered with ECC and its redressal mechanism. ECC Advisors work in collaboration  with Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) in resolving the complaints. They also mentioned that some complaints were registered on the grievance day meeting, which required the attention of the higher officials. At the end of the presentation, ECC advisors answered questions asked by the participants on name transfer, billing problems, difference between the analog meter and digital meter, irregular meter assessment by the assessor.   

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Image 2: Mr. Balaraman, Advisor, ECC-Vellore, addressing the participants

 

Presentation by ECC Engineers

CAG representatives gave a detailed explanation about energy conservation and energy efficiency practices that can be followed at the household level through a presentation. It helps the participants to understand the importance of conserving energy through behavioural practices. Along with the presentation, they demonstrated the working of solar energy with a demonstration kit, which had a 20 Watt solar panel, a 12 Volt - 7 Ampere hour battery, a charge controller and a 2 Watt LED bulb. Further, they explained the process for installing the rooftop solar, its subsidies and warranties. At the end of the presentation, participants had a better understanding on the difference between the power consumption of a normal bulb and an LED bulb. 

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Image 3: Ms. P. Dhivya, ECC Engineer explaining about energy efficiency and energy conservation

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ECC Outreach Meeting Report - February 2020

Mon, 12/10/2020 - 08:51

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) have conducted ten outreach meetings at different locations in the month of February. Participants from different consumer categories such as commercial, agricultural, and domestic attended the meetings

  1. Samudhaya Kudam, Subash Chandra Bose Street, Mela Karunkulam, (Near Melapalayam), Tirunelveli – 627002 on February 18, 2020

  2. Deepam Magalir Kootamaipu Training Institute, #52,  Mounaguru St, Vallimalai Road, Chenkottai, Katpadi- 633 007 on February 22, 2020

  3. Rotary Hall, Sankagiri, Salem District on February 24, 2020

  4. Vadapuzhthiyur village, Naidumangalam P.O., Kalasapakkam Taluk, Tiruvannamalai District on February 24, 2020

  5. Panchayat Office meeting hall, C.Mutlur, Parangipettai Union, Chidambaram Taluk, Cuddalore District on February 25, 2020

  6. Samuthaya kudam, Kulumani panchayat, Trichy District on February 25, 2020

  7. Enthal village & P.O., Tiruvannamalai  Taluk & District on February 28, 2020

  8. Village Panchayat Office Compound, Near Panchayat School, Koothampakkam  - 632 505 on February 29, 2020

  9. Kollakudi High School,  Kollakudi Village, Trichy District on February 29,2020 

  10. Thangal Park, Chittu Oragadam, Ambattur on February 29, 2020 

Presentation by ECC representatives

ECC coordinators explained the importance of conducting outreach meetings which are to discuss electricity-related issues and create awareness on energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

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Image 1: Mr. Selvaraj, Chairman, FEDCOT India, explaining about the outreach meeting objectives

ECC advisors described the functions and role of the ECCs in their respective districts. They explained the nature of complaints registered with ECC and its redressal mechanism. ECC Advisors said that they work closely with the  Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) in resolving the complaints. Further, they also mentioned that some complaints were registered on the grievance day meeting, which required the attention of the higher officials. At the end of the presentation, ECC advisors answered questions from participants on name transfer, billing problems, difference between the analog meter, and Digital meter, irregular meter assessment by the assessor.

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Image 2: Mr. Venkatachalam, President, Tirunelveli District Consumer Rights Protection Sangam addressing the participants

 

Presentation by ECC Engineers

CAG representatives gave a detailed explanation about energy conservation and energy efficiency practices that can be followed at the household level. The presentation helped the participants understand the importance of saving energy through behavioural practices. Further, they demonstrated the working of solar energy with the help of a demonstration kit, which had a 20 Watt solar panel, a 12 Volt - 7 Ampere hour battery, a charge controller and a 2 Watt LED bulb. At the end of the presentation, participants were able to get clarity on the difference between the power consumption of a normal bulb and an LED bulb.  

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Image 3: Ms. Prithiv Raj, ECC Engineer, explaining about energy efficiency and energy conservation

 

Presentation by Solar Developers 

Solar developers from Tiruvannamalai, Cuddalore, Vellore, Trichy, and Salem participated in the outreach meetings. They explained the importance of solar energy and its advantages. Further, they explained the procedure for installing rooftop solar systems. Also, they differentiated the net-metering and net feed-in mechanisms with an example. At the end of the session, the developers clarified questions raised by the participants on lifetime of the plant, pay-back period, etc.

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Representative from TANGEDCO:

Mr.K.Karthikeyan, Assistant Engineer, TNEB, Salem district, encouraged the work of ECC and he also requested the village people to bring their grievances to him for immediate actions.

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Image 6: M.K.Karthikeyan, Assistant Engineer, TNEB, Salem district, addressing the participants

Major issues raised and complaints registered through the Outreach meetings

  1. Ms.A from Melakarunkulam village enquired about the procedure for name transfer of the existing connection. Mr.S.Shanmugam, Advisor, ECC Tirunelveli, advised her to submit Indemnity Bond of Rs.80/- along with the xerox copy of the sale deed in her favour for the said premises enclosed along with the FORM-1(Regulation 5(7)) to the Junior Engineer.

  2. Mr.B from Kulumani village registered a complaint with ECC Trichy on a meter related problem. Mr. Selvam, Advisor, ECC Trichy, recommended that Mr.B submit a complaint to the Assistant Engineer about this issue also to submit a copy of the complaint to ECC Trichy.

  3. Mr.C from Kulumani village complained about the damaged pole near her house. Mr.Selvam, Advisor, ECC Trichy, advised him to file a complaint to the TANGEDCO WhatsApp numbers with the picture of it.

  4. Mr.D from Sankagiri village complained that his meter has been damaged as informed by the assessor while taking the meter reading. The average consumption units were entered in the white meter card as the current consumption charges for two billing cycles. Mr. Jayaraman, Advisor, ECC Salem, advised Mr.D to submit a written complaint to the section office.

  5. Mr. E from Senguttai village, Vellore district, complained about voltage fluctuations during the night. Mr.Balaraman, Advisor, ECC Vellore, advised the complainant to register with Assistant Engineer, Rural North Arakkonam for the speedy rectification.

  6. Mr. F from Enthal village, Tiruvannamalai district, registered a complaint for the replacement of the broken RCC pole near a school. Mr. Anandan, Advisor, ECC Tiruvannamalai, to register the complaint with the Assistant Engineer /O&M/Patchel to replace the broken pole. 

  7. Mr. G, Vada Puzhuthiyur, Tiruvannamalai district, registered a complaint on delay in effecting the service connection for his house. The complainant had submitted the required documents a month ago to the Junior Engineer/North Poondi with his application. Mr.Anandan, Advisor, ECC Tiruvannamalai, informed Mr.G that ECC will approach the Junior Engineer for speedy resolution.

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ECC Outreach Meetings Report - January 2020

Sun, 11/10/2020 - 08:57

Introduction

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) have conducted ten outreach meetings in the month of January 2020. Participants from different consumer categories such as commercial, agricultural, and domestic attended the meetings.

The venue and date of the meetings are as follows:

  1. Panchayat Office Building, Kavanoor Village, Arakkonam, Vellore on January 08, 2020

  2. St. Moses Matriculation School, Menambedu, Tiruvallur on January 11, 2020

  3. Uliyampakkam Village, Arakkonam Taluk, Vellore on January 24, 2020

  4. Government High School, Maniyanoor, Pachapatti, Salem on January 25, 2020

  5. Panchayat Office, Sitlarai, Trichy on January 25, 2020

  6. Kannakurukai village, Chengam Taluk, Tiruvannamalai on January 27, 2020

  7. Government High School, Thandalam, Thiruvallur  on January 30, 2020

  8. Muppudathiamman Koil Campus, Elanthaikulam, Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli on January 30, 2020

  9. Panchayat Office, Alagapatti, Trichy on January 31, 2020; and

  10. Sivapuri Village, Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram Taluk, Cuddalore on January 31, 2020.

 

Presentation by ECC representatives

ECC coordinators explained the importance of conducting outreach meetings which are a platform to discuss the electricity-related issues and create awareness on energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. 

ECC advisors described the functions and role of the ECCs in their respective districts. They explained the consumer complaint redressal mechanism and the relationship with  Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) in resolving the complaints. ECC Advisors acknowledged TANGEDCO officials for supporting redressal of complaints including high-value complaints such as increasing the capacity of transformers, setting up of additional transformers in a particular area, etc. They also mentioned that most of the complaints were resolved through telephonic conversations with the TANGEDCO officials. 

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Image 1: Mr. Anandan, Advisor, ECC-Tiruvnannamalai, addressing the participants

 

Presentation by ECC Engineers 

A detailed explanation about energy conservation and energy efficiency practices that can be followed at the household level was given by CAG representatives. The presentation helped the participants to understand the importance of saving energy through behavioural practices. Further, they demonstrated the working of solar energy with a demonstration kit, which has a 20 Watt solar panel, a 12 Volt - 7 Ampere hour battery, a charge controller and a 2 Watt LED bulb. At the end of the presentation, participants were clarified on the placing of home appliances, the advantages of using star labelled products etc. The necessity for renewable energy in the present scenario was also imparted with an overview of the increasing electricity crisis and global environmental issues.

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Ms. P. Dhivya, ECC Engineer explaining about energy efficiency and energy conservation

 

Representative from TANGEDCO:

Mr.Sundaram, a TANGEDCO official from Arakkonam, clarified the questions asked by the participants on the frequent power fluctuations, uninformed shutdown and delay in taking meter readings. He also informed the participants to approach the Assistant Engineer at the section office for redressing the complaints in an easy manner.

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 Image 2: Mr. Sundaram, TANGEDCO official, Arakkonam addressing the participants

 

Presentation by Solar Developers 

Solar developers from Tiruvallur, Tiruvannamalai, Cuddalore and Salem participated in the outreach meetings. They explained the importance of solar energy and its advantages. Further, they explained the procedure for installing rooftop solar systems. Also, they differentiated the net-metering and net feed-in mechanisms with an example. At the end of the session, the developers clarified the questions raised by the participants on the lifetime of the plant, pay-back period, etc..

Major issues raised and complaints registered through the Outreach meetings 

  1. Mr. A from Tiruvannamalai registered a complaint about the replacement of the damaged Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) pole of a transformer, which was in a dangerous condition. Mr. Anandhan, Advisor, ECC Tiruvannamalai, advised Mr.A to submit a written complaint to the concerned Assistant Engineer for replacing the damaged pole. 

  2. Mr. B from Vellore complained about the non-availability of the street light pole in a main street. Mr. Balaraman, Advisor, ECC Vellore helped Mr.B in drafting a complaint letter to be submitted to the local body and Assistant Engineer for necessary action. 

  3. Mr.C, from Sivapuri village, complained about the delay in taking meter reading by the assessor. Mr. Radha Krishnan, Advisor, ECC Cuddalore advised submitting a written complaint about the issue to the Assistant Engineer.

  4. Mr.D from Pachapatti village asked about the procedure for changing of temporary service connection to commercial service connection. As per the request Mr.Jayaram, Advisor, ECC Salem explained the process and advised Mr.E to submit a letter to Assistant Engineer explaining the purpose of tariff change along with valid documents.

  5. Mr. E from Maniyanoor village complained about the non-availability of street lights in the Burial ground at Maniyanoor village. Mr.Jayaram, Advisor, ECC Salem, informed the consumer to submit a letter to the local EB office.

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Capacity Building Programme in Schools: January - February 2020 update

Mon, 11/05/2020 - 09:00

Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) conducted capacity building programmes for students of 7th to 10th standard  in the following schools during the month of January - February 2020.

1.    Government High School, Thalakudi, Tiruchirappalli District on January 29, 2020

2.    Government Model Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Manachanallur, Tiruchirappalli District on February 03, 2020

3.    Government Boys’ High school, Manachanallur, Tiruchirappalli District on February 04, 2020

 

The objectives were to

1.    Educate school students on various power generation methods;

2.    Demonstrate the use and advantages of renewable energy, especially solar power;

3.    Create awareness on energy conservation through behavioural practices; 

4.    Explain the importance of energy-efficient appliances     

 

The presentations were made by Bharath Ram G N, Researcher, CAG and Prithiv Raj, ECC Engineer, CAG on energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. 

The presenters explained how electricity is reaching consumers viz. generation, transmission and distribution. They explained various electricity generation methods such as a) thermal energy b) nuclear energy c) renewable energy such as wind energy, hydro energy, biomass energy, waste to energy, and solar energy. 

They pointed out the disadvantages of thermal power plants such as air pollution, climate change, depletion of natural resources, etc. They highlighted the necessity of renewable energy to meet the increasing electricity demand and to tackle the environmental impacts caused by conventional thermal power plants. 

   

Image 1: Students listening to Mr. Prithiv Raj, ECC Engineer at Government Girls Model Higher Secondary School, Manachanallur.

Image 2: Mr. Prithiv Raj, ECC Engineer explaining about

 

Energy Efficiency  at Government High School, Thalakudi

CAG resource persons conducted an interactive session on energy conservation which involved asking students about conservation practices in their houses. The sessions focused on the following electronic appliances - lights, fans, air conditioners, refrigerators, television, washing machines, and geysers.

Students were asked to give examples of energy conservation practices that should be followed in households.  The answers received from students included a) switching off the electrical appliances when not in use, b) cleaning the fan blades,  c) switching off the appliances not only through remote controllers but also in the main switchboard, etc. 

Later, CAG representatives gave a few more energy conservation tips as follows:

  1. Lighting practices. e.g. using a study lamp instead of lighting the whole room while studying;

  2. Cleaning up of AC filters and blades of the fan at regular intervals for improved performance;

  3. The outdoor unit of the split AC should not be kept in the direct sunlight;

  4. Using ceiling fans wherever it is possible; both ceiling and pedestal fans almost take similar power but the ceiling fans cover comparatively more area than pedestal fans;

  5. Avoid placing the refrigerator close to any appliance that emits heat and provide minimum of 6 inches free space around the refrigerator; and

  6. Placement of appliances should not be an obstacle for natural lighting and ventilation

 

Image 3: Mr. Prithiv Raj, ECC Engineer explaining about rooftop Solar at Government Boys High School, Manachanallur

The students were taught about BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) star labelling and its relevance to energy-efficient appliances. The presenters also spoke about the points to be considered in star labelling such as a)number of stars, b) star label period, c) annual electricity consumption, and d) BEE logo on the label.They also explained the differences in power consumption between normal appliances and energy-efficient appliances with examples. 

Image 4: Mr. Bharath Ram explaining about energy conservation at Government High School, Thalakudi

 

The students were taught about the advantages of solar energy and rooftop solar systems in households. Following points were covered during the session:

  1. Calculation of the required capacity based on their annual electricity consumption and available shade-free rooftop area;

  2. Difference between on-grid and off-grid solar systems;

  3. Net feed-in mechanism; and

  4. Maintenance of the solar plant.

 

At the end of the session, students raised few questions and received appropriate response from the presenters 

Q1) What is the Difference between the normal meter and digital meter?

Answer) Normal meter does not record electricity consumption below  15 watt, whereas the digital meter records it.

Q2) How much electricity will be consumed by a BLDC fan (Brushless DC fan)?

A) BLDC fans consume 28-30 watt, whereas normal fans consume about 70 watt.

Q3)  What is the is lifetime of a solar panel? 

A) The lifetime of a solar panel is about 25 years. 

Q4) What is the approximate cost for installing a rooftop solar system?

A) The approximate cost for installation of 1 kW solar will be around Rs.60,000 without subsidy and Rs.43,700 with subsidy. 

The students were attentive, enthusiastic and interactive during the sessions and gave positive feedback on the programme. 

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Building capacity on energy efficiency among government school students

Tue, 28/04/2020 - 09:04

Recently, Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) conducted capacity building programmes in government schools on energy efficiency and energy conservation. The sessions were attended by students of grade 9 to 12 of Chennai Higher Secondary Schools (CHSS) and Chennai Girls Higher Secondary Schools (CGHSS). We received a very good response from the children who asked a lot of interesting questions.

We thank the Education Department, Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) for trusting us and giving permission to create awareness among school students. We conducted the programme at:

  1. CHSS, Subbu Rayan Street, Shenoy Nagar on January 21, 2020

  2. CGHSS, Pulla Avenue, Shenoy Nagar on January 21, 2020

  3. CGHSS, Nungambakkam on January 23, 2020

  4. CHSS, Nungambakkam Boys on January 23, 2020

  5. CHSS, Velacheri on January 29, 2020

  6. CHSS, Taramani on January 29, 2020

  7. CHSS, Thiruvanmiyur on January 30, 2020

  8. CHSS, Tondiarpet on January 30, 2020

  9. CHSS, Old Washermanpet on January 30, 2020

  10. CGHSS, Market Street, Perambur on January 31, 2020

  11. CGHSS, MH Road, Perambur on January 31, 2020

  12. CHSS MGR Nagar, on February 15, 2020

  13. CHSS, Alwarpet on February 26, 2020

  14. CHSS, Maduvinkarai on February 27, 2020

  15. CGHSS, Saidapet, on February 27, 2020

  16. CHSS, Koyembedu on February 28, 2020

The objectives of the training programme were to:

  1. Educate school children on various means and methods of generating power;

  2. Promote awareness on conserving electricity through behavioural practices; 

  3. Highlight the importance of energy-efficient appliances; and 

  4. Demonstrate the use and advantages of solar energy. 

Balaji, Researcher, CAG, and Jeya Kumar, Researcher, CAG, made presentations on energy efficiency, energy conservation, renewable energy, and demonstrated the working of solar energy. 

Image 1: Students at the session in CHSS, Maduvinkarai 

 

Image 2: Students at the session in CHSS, Koyembedu

CAG representatives interacted with students on various electricity generation methods, the electricity billing process, functioning of appliances used in their households, etc.   

Image 3: Balaji explaining various energy conservation methods at CGHSS, West Saidapet

 

The presenters explained the various electricity generation methods including a) renewable sources - solar, wind, hydro, and biomass; b) non-renewable sources - coal, lignite, gas, etc. They briefed the students on the disadvantages of non-renewable energy sources and their impact on the environment.  This was followed by a discussion on the  difference between energy conservation and energy efficiency. The students also shared their experiences of energy conservation practices followed and observed in their everyday lives such as switching off the electrical appliances when not in use, etc. 

Discussions around energy conservation included:

  1. Cleaning lampshades to get the maximum amount of brightness from the lights and using downward facing lamps;

  2. Cleaning the blades of the fans at regular intervals;

  3. Cleaning the filters of the air conditioners at regular intervals;

  4. Setting the temperature of air conditioners between 24 and 26 degrees Celsius;

  5. Leaving some space around the refrigerator for air circulation, not overloading or underloading the refrigerator, regular defrosting, etc.;

  6. Switching off the television, set-top boxes, and water heaters when not in use to avoid the standby mode power consumption; and

  7. Not overcharging mobiles as this may affect battery life. 

The students were taught to check the parameters of the appliances while purchasing. For example, the presenters explained the importance of lumens (lumens represents the amount of light emitted from a source) and why it is necessary to check lumens in addition to the watts. In addition the presenters shared information on the standards and labelling programme introduced by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency which was setup by Government of India with an objective to reduce the energy demand in the country and the different parameters like label period, average annual consumed units, type of appliance etc., to be checked in the star rating label while buying an appliance. The presentation included the difference between energy efficient appliances and regular appliances. For example, in the amount of power consumed by appliances such as an incandescent bulb Vs an energy-efficient LED bulb; old fans Vs an energy-efficient Brushless DC (BLDC) fan; and non-star rated appliances Vs star-rated.

As of December 2019, renewable energy contributed around 36% of installed capacity. There was a detailed discussion around renewable energy sources and their installed capacity in India.

Image 4: Balaji demonstrating the working of solar energy at CHSS, Koyembedu

Image 5: Jeya Kumar demonstrating the working of solar energy at CGHSS, Perambur

Finally, the working of solar energy was demonstrated with the help of a solar LED lighting system. The solar demonstration kit comprises a 20 watt solar panel, a 12 volt and 7 Ah battery, a charge controller, and a 2 watt DC LED bulb. Using these, the procedure for installing a rooftop solar system in households was explained in detail. The differences between on-grid system and off-grid system, and unidirectional meter and bi-directional meter were also imparted. 

Image 6: Balaji explaining the rooftop solar system installed at CHSS, MGR Nagar

Some of the questions posed by the students and the responses given are listed below:  

  • Use of stabilisers in the household:

    • A stabiliser is a device which is used to protect electrical equipment, such as air conditioner, refrigerator, television, from damage due to voltage fluctuations.

  • Is it advisable to connect two appliances to the same switch?

    • It is preferable to have one switch per appliance as this will reduce unnecessary consumption of power (when one appliance is not being used and the other is).

  • Full forms of abbreviations LED, LCD and CRT 

    • Light Emitting Diode (LED), Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and Cathode Ray Tube (LCD).

  • The lifetime of the solar plant

    • The lifetime of the solar plant is 25 years when maintained properly.

  • Approximate payback period of rooftop solar systems

    • Assuming that a consumer consumes approximately 1800 units in a year and installs a 1 kW rooftop solar with a subsidy, as per Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA), the cost of installation will be Rs. 43,700 and therefore his payback period will be 10 years (approximately). 

The presenters clarified all their doubts and students gave positive feedback about the sessions, indicating special interest in the process of installing rooftop solar in their premises, and the purpose of star rating label in appliances.

Image 6: Students interacting during the session at CGHSS, West Saidapet

 

Image 7: Students interacting during the session at CGHSS, MH Road, Perambur

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ECC Outreach Meeting Report - October 2019

Tue, 21/01/2020 - 10:49

Electricity Consumer cells (ECCs) have conducted outreach meetings in the month of October at Thervoy (Tiruvallur), Ayakudi (Cuddalore), Christu Raja Higher Secondary School, Palayamkottai (Tirunelveli), Malapambady & Kothanthavady (Tiruvannamalai), Tharamangalam(Tiruchirappalli), Ambarishapuram(Vellore).

 

 

Mr. Vellusami, Advisor, ECC-Trichy, explained the aim of conducting the outreach programme to the participants - farmers, domestic, commercial consumers, and school students.

Mr. Ashokan, Advisor, ECC-Tiruvallur, described the objectives and functions of ECC. He also mentioned the process of registering the complaints and redressal mechanisms. He mentioned the majority of the complaints registered with the ECCs are solved in a week’s time.

 

Mr.Bharath Ram, Researcher, Citizen consumer and civic Action Group, described in detail a few posters on efficient lighting in the houses and advantages of natural ventilation and cooling while constructing a house.


 

Mr. Anto Jayaraj.I, Solar Developer, demonstrated the benefits of using solar energy and the process of installing the rooftop solar. During the session, few participants asked questions about the quality of the panels, manufacturers, warranty, and related questions.

At the end of the session, few participants registered their complaints on the following: 

1) Mr.A, from Tiruvannamalai, registered a complaint regarding the shifting of meter for his house.Mr.Anandan, Advisor, ECC-Tiruvannamalai advised the complainant to register the complaint with the Assistant Engineer and pay the required fees for shifting the meter.  

2) Mr.B, an agricultural consumer from Vellore had registered a complaint on the low sagging wire in her agricultural field. She said that the wires are sagging on the ground level which causes short-circuit and damages. Mr.Jayapal, Advisor, ECC - Vellore, advised her to file a complaint with the local EB office. 

3) Mr.C, a commercial consumer, from Vellore, registered a complaint about frequent power fluctuations during the night time. Mr.Jayapal, Advisor, ECC - Vellore advised Mr. C to file a written complaint with the Assistant Engineer about the same. He requested the complainant to send the photocopy of the complaint, to follow up with the Assistant Engineer. 

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