Government To Utilise Water Bodies For Solar Power

The Odisha Government is considering generating solar energy by making use of the vast water bodies located in the State, claims Bishnupada Sethi, an official from the Energy Department.

“Odisha has huge potential for generating solar power by using water bodies and large reservoirs like Balimela, Hirakud, and Rangali,” he said, at the Innovation in Electrical Power Engineering Communication and Computing Technology (IEPCCT-2019) conference taking place at the SOA University.

Sethi went on to add that India has set an ambitious target of generating 450 GigaWatt of renewable energy in a bid to reduce the overall carbon emission level in the country.

He claims that the Government is in talks with the European Union about the possibility of launching such projects, which to its advantage, does not require land acquisition and avoids displacement.

Besides the water reservoirs, the Government has identified seven irrigation projects for the said subject, Sethi added. However, certain issues such as the method of evacuation of power, its impact on the water body, among other related matters, would need sorting out first.

Though Odisha is blessed with about 30% of the country’s coal deposit, Sethi believes that thermal power generation is no longer the solution as it’s a major source of pollution.

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