Goa’s New Solar Policy to be Notified in 15 Days

The commission at the public hearing stated that the department should, in fact, encourage consumers to switch over to non-renewable energy resources.

Goa Solar Policy

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has instructed the electricity department of Goa to help out consumers who are interested in setting up solar systems.

The judgment was passed after consumers and solar installers brought to the notice of the commission at the hearings that the government wasn’t doing enough to promote solar power in the state.

The commission at the public hearing stated that the department should, in fact, encourage consumers to switch over to non-renewable energy resources.

The member secretary of Goa Energy Development Agency, Sanjeev Joglekar informed the commission that the solar policy 2017 is being amended and it will be notified within the next 10 to 15 days.

The issue of power purchase agreements (PPA) not signed between the prosumer and the electricity department was also raised at the hearing, and Executive engineer (IPM) B Nigale stated that the PPA is ready and has been vetted by the law department.

He told the commission that once the power agreement is out, it will have “retrospective effect” and assured prosumers that they would receive all the benefits of solar power produced by them and supplied to the grid.

The commission told the department to keep the stakeholders informed on PPA so that they can avail the benefit.

Chairperson of the commission, M K Goel stated that solar regulations of JERC were already existing and valid till May 2018. “They have been extended for another year,” he said at the public hearing.

He further added that the commission is in the process of finalising a new solar policy with the tariff for solar and renewable energy shortly.

Source: TOI

Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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