Team B&C | NT
Manufacturers and consultants in the field of solar power generation got together to launch the Solar Power Association of Goa (SPAG) recently. The launch was a glittering affair in the presence of Nilesh Cabral, power minister, Reshma Mathews, chief engineer, electricity department, Sanjiv Joglekar, member secretary GEDA and stakeholders in the solar power industry.
The newly formed association has Dilip Nayak, as the president, Sandeep Naik, vice president, Amol Shirodkar as treasurer and Shivanand Shirodkar as secretary.
At the launch of SPAG, Nayak said that, the association aim is to promote 100 per cent clean and green energy in order to increase the share of renewable energy in the total power consumption in the state.
“We are also committed to create awareness on solar power and also plan to act as a catalyst to push the state solar policy by working closely with GEDA and Vidhyut Bhavan,” said Nayak.
Goa’s amended solar policy will soon be announced. It has a provision to offer 50 per cent of the project bench mark cost as subsidy. It is expected to see many domestic and commercial prosumers putting up solar power plant on their rooftop.
At the function both Mathews and Joglekar said that the government and GEDA will work jointly to put the infrastructure and other systems in place so as to have SAP software incorporated in the billing system showing units generated and exported to grid also. “The entire process including billing as well as subsidy disbursement will be taken up on war footing so that prosumers get the 1 time subsidy at the end of six months post connecting the net meter,” they said.