By Dikhya Mohanty
The Odisha Government has set a target to enhance solar power production capacity to 1500 MW by 2022. With evaluating the progress so far, the detail of the work plan for the production of commercial solar power in the state will be out soon.
Asit Tripathy, director of Green Energy Development Corporation Ltd (GEDCOL) directed to adopt the latest technology for reducing the cost of production per unit of solar power. As of now, around 474 MW on-grid solar power plants have already been installed through GEDCOL and OREDA.
Bishnupada Sethi, chairmen of GEDCOL, stated that “The state needs to produce 1,500 MW of solar power by the year 2022 to meet the renewable power obligation (RPO). The state is now able to produce the solar power at a competitive price of around Rs 2.71 per unit and hence it is commercially feasible to ramp up commercial production through GEDCOL”
GEDCOL has set up plants of 362 MW through both the public and private investments. Similarly, OREDA has installed an on-grid capacity of around 112 MW. In addition to this, OREDA has projects of 460 MW capacities in the pipeline. The proposal for excluding the present MW limitation for OREDA also received in-principal approval of the meeting.