Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) intends to deploy 150 MW utility-scale solar power plants on government land or government buildings in the next 24 months. It is scouting for a consultant, who will assist in setting up concentrated solar power plants across Goa.
The consultant would be required to prepare a techno-feasibility study for setting up of grid-connected solar power plants, and identify the available government land, the nearest substation, and technology for the solar power plant.
A utility-scale or concentrated solar power plant generates more than 1 MW of power, compared to 1-40 kW of power generated by rooftop solar plants depending on the roof size.
GEDA has also invited consultancy firms to help the state set up a refused derived fuel (RDF)-to-energy plant. The cost and area required will be decided based on the inputs provided by the consultant.
Goa generates around 3,000 tonne of non-recyclable waste every month, which is then sent to cement factories in Karnataka for incineration, which costs around Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000 per truck. A waste-to-energy plant within the state will help in disposal of RDF retrieved from remediation of legacy dumps.
The move is in line with the government’s aim to reduce its carbon footprint and find new sources of energy to meet the state’s electricity demand.
In 2020, Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) and IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute had inked an agreement for a pre-feasibility study to set up a waste-to-energy plant at Verna in South Goa.