Govt to set up Floating Solar projects in Odisha reservoirs

With huge potential to produce solar power in the State, the Odisha Government is mulling to set up Floating Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) Projects in the major reservoirs.

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) is in talks with the Odisha government to develop 100 Mw floating Solar PV (photo voltaic) panels, harnessing the state’s unconventional source of energy.

“SECI has come up with a request to set up 100 Mw floating solar panels on Hirakud and Chiplima dams in Sambalpur district, among other places. They have expressed interest to help in conducting a review of the water bodies to gauge the viability of installing floating solar panels,” an SECI official said.

A 100 Mw solar project can be developed on a water body with a surface area of one sqkilometre, the official said and added that the talks were at a nascent stage.

Major Reservoirs like Hirakud, Chipilima, Upper Kolab, Balimela, Indravati and Rengali are available for such an initiative, officials say.

And for setting up of Floating Solar PV Projects, Techinical Support of European Union (EU) will be roped in said a senior official in the State Government.

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