RAJ BHAVAN GETS GOA’S FIRST GRID-CONNECTED ROOFTOP SOLAR POWER PLANT
The state’s first grid-connected 30 kW rooftop solar power plant was inaugurated at Raj Bhavan by the Governor of Goa, Smt Mridula Sinha. Grid connectivity ensures that surplus solar power generated by the plant is fed to the power grid, allowing the consumer to sell surplus solar power to the power grid in the long run. The 30 kW power plant was installed four years ago and connected to the electricity grid only on May 17 this year. The project was commissioned in 2013 under the special area demonstration project scheme of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
The plant has a capacity of generating 30,000 units per year and is expected to bring down the power bills of the entire Raj Bhavan complex. Once the solar policy is finalized, the solar tariff rate for buying surplus solar power from consumers whose plants are connected to the grid would be fixed by the electricity department. Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA), Public Works Department (PWD) works division IV, Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), and the National Institute of Technology (NIT) had recently connected their solar installations to the grid system in the state.
On the occasion, Smt Sinha spoke of a solar revolution and highlighted the importance of generating green renewable energy in the state, adding that collaboration with GEDA would encourage other parts of the state to replicate such green projects.