Faced with a backlog of applications for agricultural power connections,the state-owned power distribution company,Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL),plans to undertake a pilot project of installing solar water pumps on agricultural farms.
We have approval from the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) ,the holding company of PGVCL. We shall install five solar water pumps on pilot basis on agricultural research farms of Junagadh Agricultural University (JUA). Tenders for the same will be issued shortly, said Sandeep Kumar,managing director (MD),PGVCL ,on Thursday.
Kumar said the pumps would be installed in different parts of Saurashtra to test their effectiveness and viability. The JUA would not have any financial obligation for the project,he added.
The JAU has 17 research centres spread across seven districts of Saurashtra.
The project is part of the efforts by GUVNL to diversify its sources of energy and focus on harnessing solar power. Depending on the success of the pilot project,we shall decide on replicating the model on a larger scale, Kumar said.
According to Kumar,if the project succeeds,the solar water pumps would help clear backlog of applications seeking agricultural power connections. As many as 2.5 lakh applications were pending with PGVCL in February this year,while the figure for the state stood at 4.6 lakh.
According to sources,Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Limited (MGVCL),a subsidiary of PGVCL,will implement a similar project in central Gujarat.