According to reports, with the supply of 20 MW solar power to the island city, the BEST has taken a big step towards providing green energy to its consumers. Sources said the power was being given at a price cheaper than market rates.
“We have started feeding our grid with 1.85 million units of solar power, generated in October, which is being procured through renewable energy sources. We expect to generate solar energy up to 2.58 million units every month,” said BEST general manager Om Prakash Gupta.
According to MERC regulations for renewable energy purchase obligations, every utility in the state is mandated to procure certain percentage of its power requirement through renewable energy sources. For solar power, this percentage is 0.25% from 2010-11 to 2012-13 and 0.5% from 2013-14 to 2015-16.
As approved by the BEST committee in May, the power utility firm entered into a deal with M/s Welspun Energy Pvt Ltd for generating 20 MW solar power. “The BEST has taken steps to procure solar power, helping the green cause,” BEST senior spokesperson A S Tamboli said.