Goa: Fulfil solar power target by 2022, anti-coal activists tell govt

Goyant Kolso Naka on Friday demanded that the government, instead of pushing for new power transmission lines by damaging Mollem forest, should concentrate on effecting a transition to solar power at the earliest to meet the energy requirements of the state. This, the forum said, would besides making the state self-sufficient in power generation and help Goa earn revenue from selling surplus power, would also generate self-employment avenues across all villages and towns in Goa for installation of solar power units.

The anti-coal protestors picked holes in the arguments advanced by power minister Nilesh Cabral in defence of the 400 kV transmission lines and accused him of misleading the people.

Abhijit Prabhudesai, referring to the Statistical Handbook of Goa 2018-19, said that the residents use only about 29% of the energy consumed, while industries consume almost twice as much.

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