PANAJI: Power minister Nilesh Cabral on Wednesday said his department has plans to introduce solar energy-generating tiles to promote the use of solar power.
He said the electricity department would implement the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model of solar power generation “within the next 15 days”.
After Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, Cabral told reporters that he was studying the concept, which is new to India. “Metal sheets on the roofs of houses can be replaced with solar panels. Even Mangalore tiles can be replaced with special small-sized solar tiles,” he said.
Cabral further said that once people sign agreements, they would receive part of the savings on their power bills while another part would be given to the RESCO model partner. “They may have to invest more on the sheet, but there will be more savings on bills in the long run,” he said.
The department is also looking at speeding up the processing of applications for grid-connected rooftop solar plants. It has empowered engineers to sign power purchase agreements (PPA) with prosumers (producers and consumers of power).
Cabral told reporters that assistant engineers have been given permission to conduct inspections division-wise and to ensure that the process of issuing connections is accelerated.
“We have issued a circular stating that every assistant engineer and executive engineer is allowed to sign a PPA. They have been given guidelines. If they deviate from the guidelines, they will have to ask for approval. If it is within that parameter, they have been given the power to sign agreements,” Cabral said.
The department has received over 200 applications from those interested in setting up solar power plants he said, adding that the department has processed 16 applications and is in the process of completing the rest.
“We are targeting a minimum of 13MW of power by March. Our commitment is big but people are afraid to spend money. They have to first spend and then we will pay them,” he said.

News Source: The Times Of India