The Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) has floated a tender to invited developers to set up a biomass briquetting project with a processing capacity of 2,000 kg per hour. The project will be located at Saligao, Bardez in Goa and will be set up under a design, build, operate, finance, and transfer basis for ten years. Developers will be required to use tree waste, tender coconut waste, and coconut leaves waste for the installation of the biomass project. Further, a grid-connected solar project will be set up on the rooftops of the plant. The project is estimated to cost Rs 15 million but GEDA will provide 3,520 square meters of land at the project site, free of cost, to the developer. The project must be complete within 150 days of the issue of the work order. Prospective bidders must submit an earnest money deposit of Rs 3 million and the deadline for the submission of the bids is January 25, 2021.
Biomass briquettes can be used as a substitute for coal or oil. States across India are increasingly exploring the potential of biomass fuel in the green energy transition. In June 2020, the Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency floated a tender for setting up briquetting or bio-oil projects based on biomass-based fuels. In July 2019, it was reported that oil and gas, across the country, have awarded letters of intent to install 344 to produce and supply compressed biogas.
In December 2020, GEDA invited bids for installing solar home lighting systems at various households in the state. Under the program, 151 power conditioning units, six solar home lighting systems, and 58 solar street lights would be set up.