Panaji: In a bid to achieve 100% electrification for households in Goa, the state cabinet on Friday approved the appointment of an agency to install up to 150 additional solar PV systems for households that do not have no electricity.
Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL) was commissioned to design, manufacture, supply, install and commission the systems with a full five-year maintenance contract as part of the Remote Villages Electrification Program.
The cabinet had, earlier in March, decided to select CESL and award it the contract for the supply, installation and commissioning of solar power supplies with a capacity of 500 WP each, from a system solar home lighting and a solar street lighting system.
CESL has already completed installations for 151 homes and six solar street lights.
During the execution of this work, the Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) identified 95 additional houses requiring solar photovoltaic systems. GEDA had also received a request for 14 connections of the Canacona and Ponda blocks.
Recently, Energy Minister Nilesh Cabral said Goa will achieve 100% household electrification by the end of this year. “My concern is with households in some villages that have been without electricity for a very long time,” he told TOI. “Initially, 250 households in Goa had no electricity. So far we have given connections to 150, and 100 will be donated soon.