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Odisha Government Asks Renewable Energy Development Agency To Promote Solar Power

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  • Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra has directed the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency to explore options for incentivising private use of such green power
  • New solar technologies in the fields of cold storage, drinking water, millet processing, sewing and rope-making were also discussed in the meeting

The Odisha government has asked its renewable energy development agency to come up with cost-effective incentive schemes to promote domestic use of solar power in the state, as per a statement. It also said that Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra has directed the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency to explore options for incentivising private use of such green power.

He told officials in a virtual meeting to prepare a plan for promotional activities and popularise use of solar-based agricultural equipment, water heater, lights and green-powered machines. As per the statement, new solar technologies in the fields of cold storage, drinking water, millet processing, sewing and rope-making were also discussed in the meeting

OREDA’s Chief Executive Officer Dhananjaya Swain said that the agency has 4 lakh renewable energy installations till July and has been able to reduce emission of more than 30 tonne of carbon dioxide per year. The OREDA executed 1,163 rooftop solar projects with a total capacity of 12.3 megawatt and 2.44 lakh biogas plants. He added that it has also developed 13,219 solar-powered drinking water projects and distributed 1,687 irrigation pumps and 82,033 green lanterns.

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