RENEWABLE ENERGY

Solarising water pumps for irrigation can bring second green revolution: Power Minister R K Singh

Power Minister R K Singh on Tuesday said using solar energy for powering water pumps can bring second green revolution. He was speaking at signing of a MoU between EESL”s new arm Convergence Energy Services Ltd (Convergence) and Goa government for solar energy projects to power agricultural pumps.

“Second green revolution can be achieved through green energy as this will facilitate solarisation of water pumps. Besides providing cheaper and green energy, this also provides alternative source of income to farmers,” Singh said.

He said, “Goa can become a green state with PM-KUSUM (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evem Utthan Mahabhiyan) and solar rooftop scheme.”

The energy sector, and the electricity sector in particular, is transitioning in an unprecedented way.

With this programme, Goa can avail three major benefits through reduced burden of subsidy, increased efficiency of products reducing power consumption and reduced burden on the environment, he added.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) and Department of New and Renewable Energy will carry out feasibility studies and subsequent implementation of decentralized solar energy projects.

Convergence will install 100 MW of decentralized ground mounted solar power projects on government land to be used for agricultural pumping, replace approximately 6,300 BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) star rated agricultural pumps and distribute approximately 16 lakh LED bulbs for rural domestic households.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Goa Power Minister Nilesh Cabral, Union Power Secretary Sanjiv Nandan Sahai and other senior officials.

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