Odisha aims 16k MW through green energy

Bhubaneswar:  In a bid to increase dependency on renewable energy, the state government on Wednesday decided to generate 16,230 MW of green energy from various sources. 
 
While solar power will contribute a major chunk of 14k MW, the other sources including wind, biomass, small hydro projects and waste-to-energy units will share 1700, 350, 160 and 20 MW respectively.
 
According to an estimate, all the aforesaid energy sources were contributing about 90 MW of energy.
 
For this the state government will set up Odisha Green Energy Development Corporation which will work in co-ordination with Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC). This was decided at state Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
 
The Corporation will focus on development of various renewable energy projects and the energy generation.
 
Last week Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik addressing an international seminar on hydro-power and sustainable development in the state capital had hinted about the formation of a dedicated Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) in the name of Green Energy Development Corporation to give focused attention in development of small hydro power potential of the state.
 
The state already has 2,100 MW capacity in hydro-power sector and there are about 12 sites where medium and major hydro-power projects can be feasible, Patnaik had said.
 
The state can generate another 2,000 MW of hydro-power in these 12 places, he said.