Odisha govt aims 1,500 MW solar power production capacity by 2022

The state is now able to produce solar power at a competitive price of around Rs 2.71 per unit

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The government of Odisha has set a target to enhance solar power production capacity to 1,500 MW by 2022 in the state to meet renewable power obligation (RPO).

The Green Energy Development Corporation (GEDCOL) will work out the detailed road map with timelines for enhancing solar power production on a commercial basis and adopt the latest technology for reducing the cost of production.

The state is now able to produce solar power at a competitive price of around Rs 2.71 per unit, and hence it is commercially feasible to ramp up commercial production through GEDCOM.

Presently, around 474 MW on-grid solar power plants have already been installed at different parts of the state through GEDCOL and the Orissa Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA). GEDCOL has set up plants of 362 MW through both public and private investments.

Similarly, OREDA has installed on-grid capacity of around 112 MW. In addition, OREDA has projects of 460 MW capacity in the pipeline.

GEDCOL will develop 275 MW capacity solar park at four locations in Sambalpur and Boudh district and 500 MW capacity floating solar projects over large water reservoirs in partnership with NHPC.

GEDCOL has expedited steps for 19 MW capacity on-grid rooftop solar plant and eight MW ground-based solar plants at different places.

The proposal for removing the present MW limitation for OREDA also received in-principle approval.

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