Goa Set to Hunt Locations For New Solar Energy Plants
As the state government of Goa aims to achieve its zero carbon emission target by 2030, it has devised a roadmap to transition to solar energy for electricity generation.
September 20, 2023. By News Bureau
The Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) is spearheading this initiative by conducting a feasibility study and preparing a detailed project report for grid-connected solar power plants in government and school buildings. Additionally, the state plans to establish 10 MW ground-mounted solar power plants to further harness solar energy.
The feasibility study aims to identify suitable locations for the solar power plants and subsequently invite tenders for the establishment of grid-connected solar energy plants.
GEDA has already engaged a consultant to conduct the study, taking into account factors such as land constraints, existing grid capacity, and projected energy demand.
Collaborating with the consultant and the Goa electricity department, GEDA will determine the cost of electricity generated by these solar energy plants.
Goa’s total installed power capacity as of November 2022 stood at 74.79 MW, with renewable energy sources contributing 26.79 MW and gas power plants accounting for 48 MW.
The state is committed to transitioning away from fossil fuel-based thermal energy consumption and embracing non-conventional energy sources like solar and solid waste-powered plants. By leveraging large-scale solar plants and waste-to-energy facilities, Goa aims to generate a significant portion of its electricity from renewable sources.
“Goa has a moderate climate and abundance of sunshine for 8-9 months a year, making it a suitable state for generating solar power. Goa meets its power requirement by procuring over 90% of power from central sector generating plants,” said a GEDA official.
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