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For green power cabinet approves Goa solar policy

For green power cabinet approves Goa solar policy

06 Dec 2017 No comment 2 hits

Porvorim: The state cabinet on Wednesday granted its approval to the implementation of the Goa State Solar Policy, 2017, to facilitate generation of solar power in the state.

Addressing Reporters after the cabinet meet, chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who was accompanied by power minister Pandurang Madkaikar, said this will be Goa's first step towards green solutions. "The policy will start showing results by the end of this financial year," he said.

The chief minister said the policy has been framed after extensive discussions. The solar policy has a provision to provide subsidy to a 'prosumer' — one who already has a connected load with the Goa electricity department.

"Prosumers have been classified into two categories and, accordingly, provided for in the policy in terms of billing and subsidy offered," Parrikar said. A small prosumer is one with less than 100kw consumption capacity. Parrikar said small prosumers will be entitled for gross metering.

"The solar plant will have to be located in one's own property. Installing it in a neighbour's property will not be permitted," Parrikar said. The small prosumer will be able to sell solar power generated and rates approved by the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) will be applicable for the sale of solar power.

The small prosumer, Parrikar said, will also be able to opt for net metering. This means, if a prosumer produces 5,000 units, and his or her consumption is 30,000 units, the tariff charged will be for 25,000 units.

A large consumer is one with a HT (high tension) connection which includes residential, commercial, institutional as well as industrial consumers.

Parrikar further said applicants will not have to seek permission for land use for producing solar energy. "No permission will be required from the department of town and country planning for setting up of solar farms," Parrikar said.

Solar power farms can also be set up on comunidade land, but will be subject to clearance from the village comunidade concerned, Parrikar said. The policy has provisions to keep speculative bidders at bay. "For supply to be considered as valid supply, at least 50% of power as per power purchase agreement (PPA) should be made available," the chief minister said.

Failure will be treated as breach of contract, and the bank guarantee whose value will be equivalent to one month's supply value, will be encashed or a penalty will be imposed, Parrikar said.

Quantum of supply lower than 10% will not attract a penalty. Anything above 10 % and upto 50% will be levied with a penalty at 5 % of value of supply. In case of delay upto 12 months, it is provided in the policy that bidders shall pay a penalty equal to 5 % of value of energy committed for every day of delay. For delay upto next 12 months, the penalty will be at twice the rate stated in the policy.


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