Published on September 23rd, 2016 | by Saurabh0
Indian State Of Odisha Plans 70 MW Rooftop Solar
September 23rd, 2016 by Saurabh
The Indian state of Odisha is planning to take a major leap in the country’s rooftop solar power sector. After successfully implementing some large-scale solar power projects, the state is eyeing substantial rooftop solar power capacity.
According to an announcement made earlier this month by Ashok Choudhury, deputy director of projects at the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA), Odisha is planning to develop 70 MW of roof-top solar projects by 2022.
The projects will be installed over government buildings, private institutions, and residential buildings with an approximate cost of INR 100 million (US$1.5 million). The Government has already started floating tenders for residential installations and received 300 to 400 applications from interested developers.
The Odisha Government has also recently signed an agreement with private developer, Azure Power Mercury Limited, for development of country’s first grid-connected megawatt scale rooftop solar project on a net metering basis. The project with an aggregate capacity of 4 MW will be installed at 190 government roof-top buildings in two major cities of Odisha. The Government plans to replicate the roof-top project in other cities as well in the next phase for which a detailed roadmap has already been prepared.
The Indian Government is pushing all its departments and ministries to set up rooftop solar power projects in an attempt to attract aggressive and long-term investment by private sector companies which have so far favoured large-scale solar power projects.
The Government also plans to establish a 1 GW solar park in Odisha for which in-principle approval has been already sought from MNRE and land has also been identified.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has recently conducted solar auction in Odisha through which 270 MW capacity was awarded to three solar firms.