Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday held a meeting with officials of the electricity department and Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) to streamline the implementation of a solar policy in the state.
The chief minister, who recently took over the power portfolio, was instrumental in getting the solar policy notified. He suggested amendments to the policy as well as to the draft power purchase agreement that is to be signed between consumers and the electricity department for the generation of grid-connected solar power.
The power purchase agreement has been stuck with the legal department for months. In the meantime, the electricity department has been taking written undertakings from consumers for their net metering connections, while there has been no progress on the gross metering front.
The government is also looking at lowering the tariff the electricity department would pay to consumers generating solar power. “As the department would have to pay a huge money in case of gross metering, it is trying to lower the tariff. Otherwise, it would be burdened to pay out large sums to the consumers,” an official said. Read More