Bhubaneswar, Aug 27
The state which mainly relies on hydro and thermal sources is mulling to tap solar energy in a big way to meet the power deficit in the state. Given the state’s climatic condition, it can tap solar power on 300 days a year. The state has potential to generate about 10,000 MW solar energy, said a senior official of the Energy department.
The state government has declared the newly floated Green Energy Development Corporation Ltd (GEDCOL) as the nodal agency for on-grid solar energy projects in the state. Since solar power can be generated and distributed either on-grid or off-grid, the Energy department has decided to demarcate the role of agencies for both the sources.
Solar power generation and its connectivity to the grid will be easier for Energy department to handle which is why GEDCOL has been assigned thge task of the nodal agency whereas off-grid generation such as solar cooking, pumping, refrigeration, heating and industrial process will be under the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA).
Departmental sources said GEDCOL, a hundred per cent subsidiary of Odisha Hydro Power Corporation has the mandate to plan, organise and implement projects and sell power anywhere in the country with special emphasis on on-grid generation.
The demarcation of role will promote investment in renewable energy projects, especially on-grid solar energy sources so that commercial projects can be developed.
It will also conduct as well as facilitate technical soundness, pre-feasibility study and investigate renewable energy projects.
The corporation will also set up a task force comprising key functionaries of major departments to review status of the renewable energy projects and sort out bottlenecks.