PANAJI: Stating that the energy requirement of Goa as per the tariff order of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission for the financial year 2015-16 is 3,653 million units, Minister for Non-Conventional Energy Resources, Milind Naik informed the state legislative assembly during its recently concluded session that with the increasing need of the state for power, a study has been conducted to identify sites for solar and wind-based power generation.
“The identified sites for wind-based power generation are Loilem, Shirigao, Betul and Pernem, while those for solar-based power generation are Panaji, Porvorim, Mapusa, Murmogao, Ponda and Betul,” Naik informed through the written information, adding that as regards the projected demand of Goa for power, the commission has approved energy requirement for Goa for the next three years.
“For the financial year 2016-17, the commission has approved 3,701.65 million units energy, while the energy approved for financial years 2017-18 and 2018-19 is 3,851.41 million units and 4,008.94 million units, respectively,” he added.
The written information further pointed out that the government has made various efforts since April 2012 to meet the demand of the state for power, including purchase of solar power through NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd and Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd; procurement of short-term power by inviting short-term tenders/ quotations, procurement of hydel power through NVVNL; procurement of short-term power through exchange platform; power through banking/ swapping arrangement; and overdrawal of power within permissible limits.
Naik also informed that various government departments, as on date are generating certain quantity of non-conventional energy, which includes Goa Energy Development Agency (3 KW), Sewage and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (500 KW), Goa Engineering College (500 KW), project director, Japan International Cooperation Agency (2 MW), Corporation of the City of Panaji (2 MW) and Goa assembly complex (30 KW).
Furthermore, the House was informed that the government has identified some of its institutional/ office buildings for the generation of energy as per the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The grid connected solar photovoltaic rooftop system is proposed for the Goa Medical College, Bambolim (200 KW), Goa Dental College, Bambolim (200 KW), Government Polytechnic, Panaji (200 KW), new fish market, Mapusa (100 KW), Government College, Khandola (100 KW), Goa Shipyard Ltd, Vasco (100 KW), Government Polytechnic, Curchorem (50 KW) and secretariat building, Porvorim (50 KW).
It was also informed that there are certain directions for generating solar power as per the commission norms, and the related action taken as on date by the government includes appointment of nodal officer by the electricity department, conducting of initial survey by nodal officer along with the official of the Goa Energy Development Agency, and demanding from the field officers further feasibility report for connectivity along with necessary estimate, if required.
The written information of the Minister for Non Conventional Energy Resources further stated that the Union ministry of new and renewable energy provides a central financial assistance of 30 per cent on the benchmark cost for the installation of solar rooftop grid connected system, to residential, institutional, government and social sector.
“For the commercial as well as industrial establishments there is no central financial assistance, but they are eligible for benefits such as accelerated depreciation, custom duty concessions, excise duty exemptions and tax holiday,” it noted.