The Indian state of Odisha is targeting 70MW of rooftop solar by 2022 and has already received multiple residential applications.
Ashok Choudhury, deputy director of projects at the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA), told PV Tech it will cost around INR100 million (US$1.49 million) per MW – adding: “It will be kind of a mix. There will be government buildings, private institutions, and residential buildings – all that together to reach the target.”
As things stand, Choudhury said the target is “quite huge”, however OREDA has started contacting various organisations of the government, private and residential sectors.
An online portal has been set up for the residential sector and 300-400 applications have already been received, even though it will take another 10-15 days for the full launch.
There are also plans to establish a 1GW solar park in Odisha for which land has already been identified and the land acquisition process is underway.
Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) recently awarded 270MW of solar PV capacity in Odisha to three firms, having originally planned 450MW.