MEGHALAYA EXPLORES RENEWABLE ENERGY TO MEET POWER DEMAND
Northeast Today|December 2020
Meghalaya has been experiencing a power deficit which is affecting the growth of the state. Nevertheless, to meet the demand for electricity in the state, the government is exploring the possibility of adopting a renewable source of energy such as solar power.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has mooted an initiative for the hilly state to adopt sustainable methods and is planning to initiate steps to set rooftop solar projects in the state. The state government has also floated tenders to empanel agencies with the required experience.

The state electricity board, the Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Limited (MePDCL) has floated a tender to empanel the developers for the 10 MW residential grid-connected solar rooftop projects in the state, and the scope of work for empanelled developers includes the design, testing, supply, installation, and commissioning of the projects.

According to information available, the residential sector installations up to 3 KW will receive CFA of 40% of the benchmark cost; installations over 3 KW and below 10 KW will receive 40% CFA for the first 3 KW and 20% for the rest. No subsidies will be provided for installations over 10 KW, and Group housing societies (GHS) and residential welfare associations (RWA) are also eligible for CFA up to 20%. However, the subsidies are subject to a limit of 10 kW per house up to 500 kW.

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