New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and Department of New & Renewable Energy (DNRE), Goa, have signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday 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 decentralized solar energy projects.
EESL shall implement the solar energy projects, establishment of 100 MW of decentralized 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.
Speaking on the occasion, Power Minister R K Singh said that the MOU in some sense marks beginning of fresh green revolution. When we started the PM-KUSUM, this is what was in our mind to restart fresh green revolution in agriculture sector, he said.
“The energy sector and the electricity sector in particular are transitioning in an unprecedented way. The time-honoured standard wires and transformers business of centralised power units through large country level grids is giving way to decentralised, intermittent and dispersed systems. The move towards integration of renewable power to energise the rural economy will yield various benefits for the consumers as well as the DICOMs.”
The projects will accelerate the usage of renewable energy sources, especially for agricultural and rural power consumption in the State. The projects will also contribute in reduction of peak energy demand through deployment of energy efficient pumping and lighting thus contributing to overall sustainability.
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 the Gram Panchayats/electricity board will be utilized. The solar power plant will be installed near the substation, with capacities ranging from 500 KW to 2 MW, depending on the size of the land, this will enable DICOMs to supply power during the day time and reduce transmission losses.