Naveen launches rooftop solar project

Naveen Patnaik

Naveen Patnaik  

It will reduce power losses, says Chief Minister

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched a grid-connected rooftop solar programme through net-metering system at the State Secretariat here.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Patnaik said grid-connected solar systems are best options for adding renewable solar capacity through people’s participation. These centralised systems also have the ability to strengthen the grid, he said.

Stating that the rooftop solar project will reduce power losses and benefit the public, he expressed the hope that the rooftop solar systems through net-metering will be accepted by the public.

The Chief Minister also launched a web portal of the programme created by the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) and released a handbook on grid connected rooftop solar projects on the occasion.

Under the programme, consumers can install small solar plants on their rooftops and consume the generated solar power during daytime. Excess power if any can be exported to the grid at 220V/440V level through their service cables.

The exported power is metered on a special type of metre, Net-Metre, which is provided by the respective power distribution companies. The positive difference of import from the grid and the export to the grid is billed by the consumer.

In this manner, the consumer can reduce his consumption of power by using his own solar power and simultaneously can get a reduced bill on account of export of solar power to the grid.

The investment on a rooftop solar system is about Rs. 70,000 per KW. Subsidy to the tune of 30% is available to consumers belonging to residential and institutional segments as well as registered societies and trusts.

The rooftop potential in Odisha has been estimated at 5000 MW. For the current year a target 8 MW has been fixed of which 4 MW has been exclusively assigned to Bhubaneswar.

It is expected that in the years to come grid connected rooftop solar projects will proliferate in a big way in the State and meet the State’s expectations in addressing the climate change action plan.

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