According to reports, the Goa energy development agency (GEDA) has introduced a new central government subsidy for solar water heating systems in Goa. Official sources said that for the “flat plate collector” (FPC) solar water heating system, the subsidy is 3,300 per sq m of flat plate collector area. (The flat plate collector is the panel that collects the sun’s rays).
For the “evacuated tube collector” (ETC) solar water heating system, the subsidy is 3,000 per sq m of collector area or 30% of the total cost.
For a residential house for a family of five, a solar water heating system of 125 litres is required. While a FPC system of this capacity costs 26,500, the subsidy is 6,600. Also, an ETC system of 125 litres costs 20,600 and the subsidy is 4,500.
Those wishing to avail of the scheme may contact the GEDA office opposite the Saligao seminary through any of GEDA’s 11 authorized dealers all over Goa.
The Goa government earlier gave subsidies between 2,000 and 4,000 for domestic purposes only but this has been kept on hold for some time.