Solar energy boost for ‘powerless’ homes – Times of India
Panaji: With an aim to achieve 100% electrification for households in Goa, the state cabinet on Friday granted approval for the appointment of an agency to install up to 150 additional solar PV systems for households that have no power.
Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL) has been appointed to design, manufacture, supply, install and commission the systems with a comprehensive maintenance contract for five years under the remote village electrification programme.
The cabinet had, earlier in March, resolved to select CESL and award it the contract to supply, install and commission solar power packs of 500WP capacity each, solar home lighting system and solar street lighting system.
CESL has already completed installations for 151 households and six solar streetlights.
During the execution of this work, Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) identified 95 additional houses that need solar PV systems. GEDA had also received a request for 14 connections from the Canacona and Ponda blocks.
Recently, power minister Nilesh Cabral had said that Goa would achieve 100% household electrification by the end of this year. “My concern has been households in certain villages that were without power supply for very long,” he had told TOI. “Initially, 250 households in Goa did not have electricity. So far, we have given connections to 150, and 100 will be given soon.”