soon will get their applications for green energy move hassle-free from
weighing down bureaucratic procedures with a single window clearance portal for
grid connected rooftop solar installations.
window clearance portal for grid connected rooftop solar installations has been
developed for consumers in Goa by EU-India technical cooperation
energy project in coordination with the Asian Development Bank technical assistance programme.
The project has been supervised and supported by the ministry of new and renewable energy and Goa energy development agency (GEDA).
Staff of the power department have already been given
training in handling the online platform and more training sessions will also be
conducted in future.
Once launched, the platform will eliminate the
need for consumers to coordinate with the two stakeholders — the electricity
department and the Goa energy development agency (GEDA). All they will have to
do is log onto the portal and key in details like their address, email id and
mobile number after which they will be contacted on email and SMS, and guided
through the process.
This initiative will simplify the entire
procedure reducing considerably the level of communication between the
consumer, the GEDA, the power department and even between various divisions
within the department. The application also need not move from one office to
another—the more the movements, the greater the possibility of it getting stuck
up somewhere, the common experience of the consumers—but will go directly to
the concerned subdivision in-charge who will approve or give feedback on it.
The process through the portal will be monitored by the higher-ups.
A list of empaneled
installers will also be a click away for consumers on the portal.
“It was chaos for consumers waiting for the file
to move. We tried to reduce the communication time and make the process easier
for them. It has been specially designed for Goa, with certain processes being
standardized keeping in mind the national framework,” an official said.
Such a portal is necessary, believes Nigel
Coelho who recently had to make multiple trips to the power department’s meter
and relay testing division in Margao, the head office in Panaji, the subdivision
office in Taleigao as well as the GEDA office, to set up a grid connected
rooftop solar installation in Dona Paula.