In continuation to Odisha Climate Change Action Plan (OCCAP) and to promote green energy in the state both in terms of on-grid and off-grid solar applications, Youth For Nation (YFN), a group of intellectual youths along with Odisha Nagarika Samaj (ONAS) has proposed a Draft Solar Policy to the Govt. of Orissa, India namely ‘Solar Odisha – A Vision’.
YFN has invited Canyon Consultancy Pvt. Ltd (CCPL) and World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) as knowledge partners to prepare this document. This was the first ever solar conference organized in Odisha, where all the stakeholders, such as, S&T Dept., OREDA, GRIDCO, OERC etc. were invited to discuss about the possible solar solutions. UNDP was also invited to this event.
Mr. Chandrashekhar Mishra, Managing Director of Canyon Consultancy Pvt. Ltd elaborated on the draft policy to the audience. He opined of having an independent solar policy for the state. According to Canyon and WADE, solar could be the best possible solution for Odisha’s future energy demand.
In his presentation he explained about the current scenario of Solar industry across India and how Odisha can promote solar projects with a target of 5,000MW by 2020 – 1,000MW by 2015 and another 4,000MW by 2020, which he calls learning and matured phases, respectively. The draft also explained about the possible funding and control plans of the vision and has encouraged all the stakeholders to come together and find possible solutions.
Speaking to Panchabuta,Chandrashekhar said, 8MW’s of solar grid-connected projects at various locations and a 50kW solar off-grid project in Odisha secretariat is going to be commissioned in this year.
The vision document envisions an investment of approximately Rs.12,000 Crores and expects that 10,000 direct and 30,000 indirect jobs would be created. Through 2,500 million units of electricity generation, the state could save about 18 lakh tons of coal the report further added.