Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and Department of New and Renewable Energy (DNRE) have signed a memorandum of understanding to discuss rolling out of India’s first Convergence Project in the State.
Under the MoU, EESL and DNRE will carry out the feasibility studies and subsequent implementation of decentralised solar energy projects. EESL will implement the solar energy projects, establish 100 MW of decentralised ground mounted solar power projects on government lands to be used for agricultural pumping, replace approximately 6,300 agricultural pumps with BEE star rated energy efficient pumps and distribute approximately 16 lakh LED bulbs for rural domestic households.
Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy R. K. Singh said: “The MOU marks the beginning of a fresh green revolution. This model is expected to be adopted by other States as this will reduce losses in terms of expenditure on water for farm sector which runs into tens of thousands crores of rupees in several States. That preempts State spending on health, education, and other important sectors.” Mr. Singh also said he had asked his Ministry to look out for incentivising saving on energy and groundwater by farmers.
Goa’s Power Minister Nilesh Cabral said: “Goa is the first State to adopt ‘convergence.’ The project will accrue savings of Rs.2,574 crore to the State over a period of 25 years, while improving the health of DISCOMs and providing cleaner power. This project will provide clean day time electricity to farmers as well as energy efficient pump sets which would reduce the power consumption as well as T&D losses associated with transmitting power to agriculture and rural feeder networks.”
The project will accelerate the usage of renewable energy sources, especially for agricultural and rural power consumption in the State. It will also contribute to the reduction of peak energy demand through deployment of energy efficient pumping and lighting. In Goa, with the objective of providing clean power at affordable rates, EESL will install solar projects in a first of its kind large scale programme where vacant/unused land provided by gram panchayats/electricity board will be utilised. The solar power plant will be installed near the substation, with capacities ranging from 500KW to 2 MW, depending on the size of the land. This will enable DISCOMs to supply power during the day time and reduce transmission losses.