Odisha govt to ramp up solar power production

Currently, the state produces around 474 MW from on-grid solar power plants

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The Odisha government has decided to up the solar power production capacity to 1500 MW by 2022 in order to meet its renewable power obligation (RPO).

Currently, the state produces around 474 MW from on-grid solar power plants. Of these, Green Energy Development Corporation of Odisha Limited (GEDCOL) has set up 362 MW and Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) has installed 112 MW.

The price per unit is Rs 2.71 now, which is considered commercially feasible to ramp up.

Projects of 460 MW capacity are reportedly in the pipeline.

A meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy decided that GEDCOL will develop 275 MW solar park at four locations in Sambalpur and Boudh district. It will also set up first-of-its-kind in Odisha floating solar projects over large water reservoirs in partnership with NHPC.

GEDCOL is installing 19 MW on-grid rooftop solar plant and 8 MW ground-based solar plants at different places as well.

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