Last Updated: NOVEMBER 15, 2021
PANAJI: The state government has started preparing a 100% renewable energy plan with the assistance of the Union government to achieve the goal of cent per cent use of renewable energy.
Environment minister Nilesh Cabral, in a letter to the Union government, stated that Goa is in the process of preparing a 100% renewable energy plan with assistance from the Union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE).
Goa requires approximately 540MW power during the day and 640MW during peak hours, 6pm to 11pm. The government has notified a solar policy with 50% subsidy on benchmark cost. However, till date, only about 15MW installations have been completed.
“The Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) is the nodal agency which interacts with MNRE for implementation of centrally sponsored schemes as well as schemes of the government of Goa in the field of new and renewable resources,” Cabral said.
The state government has decided to set up floating solar power plants at Selaulim, Amthanem, Anjunem and Chapoli dams on a design, build, finance and operate model for a period of 25 years and has invited expression of interest (EoI) for selection of solar power developers.