The tiny coastal state of Goa has a reputation as one of India’s most relaxed states, thanks to its beaches and to the lifestyle that comes with the highest per capita GDP of any state in India. Wealth from tourism, mining, and the pharmaceutical industry, together with good governance, have brough high levels of development: almost every home in Goa is electrified. Perhaps resting on its laurels, the state has not fully entered the competition for foreign investment and ranked a surprisingly low 21 on the center’s ease of doing business index.
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India faces a complex energy challenge: it needs cheap and abundant energy to power high economic growth and lift its citizens into the middle class. But it also hopes to keep its commitments to the U.N. Climate Change Convention and achieve energy independence. India’s states have the resources to generate the energy India needs, but they take different approaches to fostering the growth of the industry. This section allows you to explore energy news from India’s states and offers the Wadhwani Chair’s analysis of India’s energy sector.
Goa and the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) signed an MoU with for supply of wind power. Beginning November 2018, Goa will receive 50 MW of wind power at 4 cents per unit.
The cabinet approved Goa’s new Solar Power Policy, under which the state expects to generate 150 MW of solar power by 2021. The state will develop small to medium-scale solar parks on private land and will seek to ensure that all solar power bought by the state’s discoms is generated within the state. The policy will come into effect by the end of the current financial year.
The Goa government launched a trial of biofuel-powered buses with three vehicles. The project is operated by state-run Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited.
The state government signed an MoU with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to improve the energy efficiency of the state’s public works and sewage systems. EESL will audit approximately water and sewage 300 pumps in municipal areas across Goa to determine their efficiency and will then recommend either replacing or retrofitting them.
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Wind Performance Tracker — Goa achieves 0 MW (updated March 31, 2016)
Solar Performance Tracker — Goa reaches 0.71 MW (updated October 31, 2017)