Odisha was allotted eight 1MW projects under RPSSGP scheme of IREDA and one 5MW under first phase of the National Solar Mission. Thereafter due to lack of any defined policy, there has been reduced activity in this high potential state, blessed with excellent DNI and huge barren land in Western Odisha.
To give the much-needed impetus, TiE Bhubaneswar, SEMI and Canyon Consultancy, have come together to organize Odisha’s first solar conference with support from OERC, IPICOL and GRIDCO to disseminate various schemes, policies, future direction of the industry both in MW and kW scale.
The sessions have been divided into two parts – Session 1 will cover Regulatory affairs and financing of the solar projects along with the policy which Govt. of Odisha is planning to come up within this quarter -Session 2 will cover Solar REC, RPO and roof-top scheme to create awareness among a huge industry base that is already present in Odisha and can look for both captive and independent power projects.
Shri SP Nanda, Chairman of OERC said, “We have reviewed the status of development of Renewable Energy including solar energy and advised OHPC, NALCO, RSP, Vedanta, Hindalco etc. to explore and expedite the installations of ground-mounted MW scale and Roof top kW scale solar PV projects to meet their Solar Power Obligation (SPO) and to sell surplus solar power to other obligated entities of the state to meet their SPO”.
“Looking at the energy crisis due to non-availability of coal block and various other inevitable problems, this is a high time Odisha should switch on to Solar Energy. Our ultimate agenda in organizing this conference is to devise all the necessary information, schemes, policies for the industry base to adopt solar energy largely,” said Mr. JB Pany, President, TiE Bhubaneswar .
“It has been conceptualized by most of the stakeholders as well as OERC itself to form a separate company either named Odisha Green Power Corp Ltd or Odisha Solar Power Corp Ltd to expedite the renewable energy adoption in the state. OERC is executing a 10kWp roof-top project in their building on Net-metering concept. Upon successful experimentation, there is a high chance of making solar PV installation mandatory for all the govt. buildings in Bhubaneswar-Cuttack to start with,” said Chandrashekhar Mishra, Managing Director of Canyon Consultancy.
Around 150 delegates are expected to attend the conference, mostly who are RPO entities, individual establishments, hotels, hospitals, engineering colleges, companies from steel, mines, paper, cement industries.