Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 25:
The Odisha government Thursday expressed its willingness to set up 1000 Mw capacity ultra mega solar parks (UMSP) in the state with the assistance of the Union government, official sources said.
The government has informed the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) that it is ready to partner the NTPC or any other central PSUs for the furtherance of the ambitious project under the Solar Park scheme of the MNRE.
“Odisha is desirous of establishing solar parks/ mini solar parks for which identification of land is being done. It is suggested to earmark 1000Mw capacity for the state of Odisha by MNRE, under Solar Park Scheme,” said Odisha Energy secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra in a letter to Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary to MNRE.
On September 22, Mahapatra had directed all district collectors to identify suitable land to set up 1000 Mw UMSPPs in the state. He had directed to identify 5000 acres of land for solar power generation.
“500 acres of land in compact patch is required for generating 100 Mw solar Power”, said Mohapatra.
Notably, the Ministry had asked the state government to identify the sites and appoint a public sector undertaking (PSU) working in the field of power sector to set 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 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.
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.