Goa Power Minister Lays Foundation for 100MW solar Proj with Pumpsets & Energy Efficient Lamps

The project will be implemented on unused or degraded land across Goa, located close to sub-stations and the point of use. CESL will also deliver the pumps and lights as part of the power purchase agreement (PPA).

December 21, 2020. By Manu Tayal

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The Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister of Goa Nilesh Cabral has inaugurated the first ‘convergence project’, which integrated the delivery of clean renewable decentralised energy with energy efficient pumpsets and LED lamps for rural homes.

Further, the 100MW solar project will be implemented by Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL), an arm of state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL).

The project will be implemented on unused or degraded land across Goa, located close to sub-stations and the point of use. CESL will also deliver the pumps and lights as part of the power purchase agreement (PPA).

Under this project, an aggregate investment of Rs 450 crore will be borne by CESL and will result in savings of Rs 2,500 crore for the state of Goa over the life of the project. Approximately 400,000 households will benefit from this project, and 140,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) will be avoided. Savings to the distribution company will be significant from the solarisation of these feeders.

While inaugurating the project, Nilesh Cabral, Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy, said, “Goa has always been a pioneer in its adoption of innovative energy solutions, which can benefit our citizens. Today, we are laying the foundation for the creation of a cleaner, greener and energy secured Goa. This 1 MW pilot is a part of an ambitious 100 MW decentralised solar project, which will transform our energy landscape in the years to come.

“The energy sector has seen rapid changes, on the back of falling costs of renewable power. Projects such as these can uplift Goa’s rural areas, with increased energy access and reliability. Decentralised solar is the future and will be a catalyst in transforming our energy landscape and achieving our sustainable development goals,” remarked Kunal, Power Secretary, Government of Goa.

“As we move towards a decentralised and renewables led energy sector, our solutions accordingly have to keep pace. Our Convergence initiative is an effort to bring together a diverse bundle of interventions into one comprehensive solution, which can solve multiple energy sector challenges,” said Saurabh Kumar, Executive Vice Chairperson, EESL.

Mahua Acharya, CEO & MD, Convergence Energy Services Ltd, said, “We begin the journey towards transforming the energy landscape of our rural areas. CESL aims to be the driving force behind India’s imminent energy transition. It will ramp up areas such as street lighting, domestic lighting, energy efficient cooking and e-mobility.”

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