To promote solar power production in Odisha, the State government has decided to formulate a solar policy soon. The policy will help streamline production, utilisation and management of solar energy in the state, Ramesh Majhi, the State's Science and Technology Minister said.
Odisha has suitable climate for production of solar power, as it can be produced and preserved around 300 days a year. Besides, the state has a potential to produce 5.5 kw/hour of solar energy per square metre per day. The policy will focus on various provisions for private investors to produce solar energy through solar photo voltaic cell, while the focus will be on solar heating system and solar water pump system.
A number of private institutions have started power generation using solar energy, but it is on a smaller scale, said Majhi. While the Centre has a target of producing about 20,000 mw solar energy by the end of the 13th five year plan through national solar mission, the State plans to produce at least 80 mw in next three years, sources said. The renewable energy potential of the state is around 12,000 mw.