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GEDCOL plans to develop 10GW of solar power projects in India

Green Energy Development Corporation seeking 300 acres of land from Odisha government to develop solar power projects in East India state

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Green Energy Development Corporation is seeking 300 acres land to develop solar projects in East India

Green Energy Development Corporation Ltd (GEDCOL), a subsidiary of state owned Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC), is seeking 300 acres of land to develop solar projects in the east Indian state. The projects have the potential to generate 10,000MW of solar power.

According to Business Standard, Sahadev Khatua, managing director at GEDCOL, said: “After the government provides us land, we will create all necessary infrastructure for establishment of power plants and private developers would be invited to install their solar projects.”

Khatua added: “We have about 700 acres lying unused with us, out of which about 200 acres are in Kalahandi district only. We are planning to develop solar power plants on this land with the help of private developers.”

Apart from the 200 acres, OHPC is also looking at utilising the unused land it has for producing solar power.

Odisha state, which is located on the east coast implemented rooftop solar power projects in early 2013. A top official at GEDCOL said to Business Standard: “We will complete the detail project report for generating solar power from the rooftop of every government establishments in Cuttack-Bhubaneswar area by December this year. By March 2014, the bidding for the project will be completed and in the next financial year construction work will start.”

He added that the success of rooftop solar power projects will allow the state government to encourage private developers to enter this segment.