Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SOLAR POWER PRICEY, NOT VIABLE FOR CONSUMPTION’ Wednesday, 25 March 2015 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

News in the English daily The Pioneer
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‘SOLAR POWER PRICEY, NOT VIABLE FOR CONSUMPTION’
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
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The cost of generation of solar energy is comparatively more than thermal and hydro power and hence is not viable for consumption by poor people of the State. However, the State would encourage and expedite steps to generate solar power required for maintaining standard of non-conventional power vis-à-vis the State’s total power need to check climate change.
Energy Minister Pranab Prakash Das said this in the State Assembly while replying to questions by Amar Prasad Satpathy and other members. He said the State is now generating 0.3 per cent of its total power need. “The generation cost of a unit of solar power is Rs 7.29. The Gridco cannot purchase and sell it to the consumers of the State,” Das said, adding that the State Government is focusing on more generation of small hydel power stations. “A total of 209 locations have been identified for setting up of hydel power projects in the State. Water source is god gift for the State,” he informed.
The Minister informed that a 20-MW solar power project is under construction in Gohipitta village near Boudh district’s Manmunda area. The GEDCOL, a subsidiary of OHPC has taken up the project under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) Phase-II, Batch-I at on a 152-acre land area. The BHEL has been awarded the work order. As of now, solar module required for 8 MW solar power has been installed and the rest equipment are under making at various places of the country.

Similarly, a total of 5 MW rooftop solar projects would be set up in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, for which a Final Request for Proposal (RIP) and Project Implementation Agreement (PIA) has been sent to the Government for approval.Besides, 1 MW of solar power each at Mukhiguda and Chhatrapur would be installed, he said. The OREDA has prepared an five-year plan for setting up of large off-grid solar project at a total cost of Rs 482 cr, the Minister added.
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