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Gujarat: Pioneering Sustainable Initiatives
Marketing the country's first Solar Cooker in the market to now commissioning grid-connected renewable power generation projects GEDA has treaded a long pathway of 33 odd years and putting Gujarat on the World renewable Energy Map.
- GEDA, the first State Nodal Agency (SNA) and the State Designated Agency (SDA) involved for the promotion and popularization of alternative and energy efficient technologies.
- It is the forerunner to CASE (Commission on Additional Sources of Energy) and MNES (Ministry of Non- Conventional Energy Sources) now MNRE (Ministry of Renewable Energy) model for other State Nodal Agencies.
- And currently in 2009, the Government of Gujarat established Asia's first to have established an exclusive "Climate Change Department".
Gujarat Energy Development Agency
GEDAhas chosen to focus on topics that are ripe for alternative and efficient technology transformation - where a shift in policy has the potential to snowball and, before too long, to change the nature of the game. It is only through a focus on game-changers that we will make up the sustainability deficit that has accumulated and move towards a clean-green future. Because the agency aim's to make a difference in how policy is crafted and implemented, we translate the research insight into practical, realistic and cost-effective policy options that can be taken up by policy-makers at all levels.
- Our vision: Better living for all-sustainably.
- Our mission: champion innovation, enabling societies to live sustainably.
- What we do? Our role: promote the utilization of alternative and energy efficient technologies.
- How we do? Our tools: act as policy enabler, technology facilitator, information disseminator, analyzer, educator and advocator.
- What we offer: Our servicess: action recommendations based on careful analysis, knowledge and support networks to build the capacity of civil society and other organizations.
- Who benefits: Our reach: government, business and civil society.
- How we work: Our style: increase our influence by working collaboratively with other institutions.
- Foster the development of sustainable, equitable and reslelent energy systems suitable for our developing economy.
- Initiation of change from energy deprivation and dependence to energy autonomy through use of renewable technologies and energy conservation measures.
- Create energy literate citizenry, capable of making wise energy choices. Research, development, demonstration and popularization of Renewable Energy and Energy efficient Technologies.
To create opportunity for people to improve their lives by:
- Promoting open and competitive markets for renewable/sustainable energy power projects.
- Supporting companies and other private sector where there is a gap through a single window clearance.
- Helping to generate productive jobs and deliver essential services to the Renewable Energy sector.
- Catalyzing and mobilizing the promotion and popularization of sustainable energy technologies through various outreach programmes and projects.
- Diverse, multi-talented team of over 100 professionals and associates with its headquarters in Gandhinagar and project Offices in Probander and Gandhidham in Gujarat.
- Partnered with various organizations through its dynamic portfolio of projects and programs
- Ranked by sustainability experts as one of the most effective sustainable development nodal-model agency in the country.
Gujarat: Empowering a Renewable Future
The Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA or JEDA as it is popularly known)is a Gujarat-based, state nodal agency established by the Government of Gujarat in 1979 to tackle the oil crisis of the 1970's, much ahead of the first articulated term - sustainable development, as a universally-acceptable expression of humanity's shared goals by Brundtland Commission's Our Common Future in 1987.
- Gujarat to be the Solar Capital of the world.
- First state in the country to announce Solar Power Policy 2009, with targets and implementation mechanism. The state today leads in the implementation solar power projects.
- Asia's first 500 MW Solar Power Park at Charanaka, District, Patan.
- 85 investors signed PPA for setting up 971.50 MW Solar Power Projects.
1979 Solar Cooker Promotion Programme
Solar Cooker was the evry first renewable enrgy device that was launched in 1970s. This programme is the prototype o consumer promotion effort to popularize this technology. It provided insights to product designing, positioning and distribution, pricing , marketing and after sales to develop markets and sustain use. The network of dealers and users supported the sales of the solar cookers. GEDA received the National Award for outstanding promotion of solar cookers.
1979 Energy Conservation Programmes
- LED Village Amrapura, Gandhinagar
- Energy Audit in small-scale industries.
- Replacement of energy in efficient pumps sets with efficient pumps sets in agriculture sector.
- Investment Grade Energy Audit in government buildings.
- Replacement of incandescent bulbs with T5 Tube lights in government buildings
1980 Energy Plantation
Energy Planation in over 2000 ha in different agro-climatic conditions. Xtensive plantation cultivated on the wastelands in oti Sindhodi, Lathedi and Vegabar in Kachchh district.
1986 Mobile Renewable Energy Demonstration Unit
The Mobile Renewable Energy Demonstration Unit (MREDU), a large truck-mounted exhibition designed by GEDA to demonstrate renewable energy technologies in rural/tribal villages and the remotest corners of the state. Similar Vans have been designed by GEDA for other state nodal agencies.
1989 Grid-connected Windfarms
- First Joint sector Windfarm at Mandvi, capacity 1.10 MW, established in 1985.
- Project Pavanshakti, the then largest in Asia, 10 MW Wind farm in lamba ,near probander etablisged in 19080.
- Wind power Policy declared in 1993, 2200 and amended in 2007.
1989 Biogas Plants
- Community Biogas Plants 9CBP) at village methan, capacity 630 m3/day, Mehsana district, then largest in Asia, supplied 6 tonnes of natural nitrogen-rich fertilizer annually, fueled 326 kitchen in the village, CBP Cooperatives in Gujarat notchd the highest success ratio nationally.
- Institutional Biogas Plants (IBP) 9835 m 3 /day capacity established in various institutions across the state.
1989 Solar Water Heating Systems
- Promotion of large-scale Solar Water Heating Systems have been successfully installed in homes, hotels, dharmashala and dairies.
- Gujarat has the largets base of solar thermal system manufacturers, nearly 40,. Many of these manufacturers also service other regions of the country.
2004 Bal Urja Rskshak Dal (BURD)GEDA annually mobilizes a force of 50,000 students as Urja rakshaks from Primary and Secondary Schools and 5400 School Teachers as Urja Agevans to make wise eegry choices through project-based learning activities since 2004. This energy education-intervention programme focusses on energy and literacy.
Solar Roof Top Systems 5 MW Solar PV Roof Top Scheme launched 0in 2012 in the cities of Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot and Bhavnagar. Solar Photovolatic Systems
2012 Canal-top Solar Power Plant
1 MW grid-connected Solar Power Plant at village Chadrasan, T: Kadi, Dist: Mehsana on Narmada canal is an engineering innovation as it serves the triple purpose - generation of clean energy, annually reducing 90,000 litres of water evaporation from the canal as well as avoiding use of precious land for the solar power plant.