with modest capacity of 51.6 kilo Watts in 1962 from two Diesel Generating Sets,
the Lakshadweep Electricity Department has grown up by leaps and bounds with generating
capacity of 18575 KW from 41 Diesel Generating Sets and 12 SPV Power Plants as on
power generated has been steadily increasing over the years to meet the demand of
the people in the Islands. Since, the Diesel Generating sets were the only source
of power, diesel has to be transported from Calicut (Kerala) in barrels. These barrels
are transported in cargo barges to the Islands and stored for use. To alleviate
this problem of transportation, oil storage facilities initially at Kavaratti and
Minicoy Islands are under installation.
increase in demand for power in Islands is at 5% per annum. It is in this scenario,
that the environment awareness becomes crucial. To reduce the threats of pollution,
Electricity Department of Lakshadweep has introduced new methods of power generation
to safe guard the beauty of these coral Islands and its people along with fauna
is here that the use of Solar Power – which is clean, eco-friendly and abundantly
available, becomes a viable option, starting with a 5 kWp SPV Power Plant at Bitra
on an experimental basis, today it reached 2150 kWp.
households in the inhabited Islands have been electrified. New service connections
are provided on receipt of request. Transmission lines as well as distribution lines
have been converted into U.G. cables in all the Islands. Electronic
Energy meters have been introduced in consumer premises with computerised billing
in all the cash collection centres. Self meter reading by consumers themselves is
in vogue from 1988 onwards.
are available in fuse off call centres in all the Islands, 24 hours, 7days a week
to respond to service connection complaints / service emergencies.