Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 22:
Acting on a communiqué from the Centre, the Odisha government has asked all district collectors to identify suitable land to set up 1000 MW ultra mega solar power projects (UMSPPs) in the state.
“The state government is searching for 5000 acres of land for 1000 MW solar power generation. I would therefore request you to locate suitable land (non-cultivable wasteland) for successful implementation of the project and intimate this department for taking up UMSPPs. 500 acres of land in compact patch is required for generating 100 Mw solar Power”, said Energy secretary Suresh Mohapatra in a letter to the district collectors.
Notably, the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had asked the state government to identify the sites and appoint a public sector undertaking (PSU) working in the field of power sector for setting up UMSPPs in the state. As per the Ministry’s direction, any single solar power project with capacity exceeding 500 MW will be declared as UMSPP.
The PSU will be considered as the designated agency for the project to be implemented in the state.
The state government has decided to appoint Green Energy Development Corporation Ltd (GEDCOL), a fully owned subsidiary of Odisha Hydro Power Corporation Ltd (OHPC), as the nodal agency for implementation of the projects.
“GEDCOL has been formed to develop renewable energy projects under the aegis of the energy department. GEDCOL has also been declared the nodal agency for development of on-grid solar power projects in the State. If required, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) may go for a joint venture for the above mentioned project for degraded non-cultivable government land, which has to be selected in big patches of at least 100 acres each,” said Mohapatra.
The solar park to be jointly developed by the state government and Centre will have a capacity of 500 MW, which is expected to cater to the needs of consumers completely depending on solar and hydro power.
A provision has been made in the current year’s budget for setting up UMSPPs/solar parks in various states. The Ministry is in the process of framing a scheme for UMSPP under which some financial assistance would be provided for setting up such parks.