Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 27 :
What do you say to this ? In a much-publicised move in May last year , the state government had proposed a ‘roof top solar project’ that involved installation of solar panels on the roof-top space on all government buildings in the twin city to promote the idea of green and renewable energy. But all that appears tall talk, if you look at how the project has progressed so far.
While the department of Science and Technology had directed all the departments in November 2012 to take necessary steps to utilize the rooftops of their office buildings in the twin city for installation of solar panels, the state government sat over the idea until the first week of September this year.
“If the approval comes after a year, how many years it will take the project to materialize is anybody’s guess. Instead of expediting the project in concrete terms, the government is only holding meetings after meetings that result in nothing,” said a senior official who wished anonymity.
The Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) has been entrusted with the task of executing the roof top solar project in collaboration with the implementing agency, Green Energy Development Corporation Ltd (GEDCOL).
Recently, the government had directed GEDCOL to sign agreements with International Finance Corporation (IFC) for the roof-top solar energy project.
IFC, an arm of the World Bank, will finance the proposed Roof Top Solar Photovoltaic Power Project, popularly known as Green Power Project, in the twin cities.
Meanwhile, the government has decided to set up a grid-based roof top solar project in the PPP mode with a target of producing 5 to 10 MW of solar power in the state. As a part of this exercise, it has been decided to start a pilot project on the roofs of all non-residential government buildings in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. It has also been decided to call the tenders from the open market on a competitive bidding basis.
The Chief Secretary has directed that nodal officers should be identified for the purpose in GEDCOL as well as in the offices where solar panels will be installed.
The department has also been asked to complete the initial process including the identification of the government buildings by November 15.