State plans 80MW green energy by 2016

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to increase dependency on renewable energy, the state government has envisioned to generate 80MW solar power in next three years.
Besides, it is also coming up with plans to set up solar districts across the state to encourage harnessing solar power.

“Plans are there to generate 80MW from solar power projects in the state in next 3 years, which includes setting up of solar districts to produce 50MW in next one year,” said Science and Technology secretary DN Gupta.

“Also we have come up with Vision-2020 solar policy envisaging promotion of solar power generation and consumption in the state. The policy, designed to promote production of green energy by private companies in the state, is expected to be finalised in two months.”

Talking to reports here after a meeting with chief secretary BK Patnaik, Gupta hinted that private companies have already shown their interest to set up green units in the state to produce 30MW power. If projects take off as planned, the capacity may increase to 80 MW in the later stage.

According to Gupta, Patnaik suggested initiatives for solar roof top system for electricity purpose, solar heating system, solar water pump system and wind & biomass power plant systems.

According to unconfirmed reports, the state government in October last announced its setting up of a 25MW solar power plant in the state, second solar photovoltaic project after an equal size plant for which a private company has already won the bidding.