The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has allocated 50 MW wind power capacity to Odisha to meet the state’s Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPO) for promoting the renewable energy sector. Under a scheme of the SECI, all the other costs are reportedly waived off. The maximum possible price discovered is Rs 2.45 per KwH excluding the trading margin. As reported, the trading margin by SECI is expected to be Rs 0.07 KwH. The state has the potential to generate 1700 MW of wind energy. The potential sites identified are Gopalpur, Chatrapur, Puri, Paradeep, Balasore, and Damanjodi.
The SECI has formulated a scheme for setting up 2,000 MW wind power projects to help non-windy states comply with their non-solar RPOs. The procurement of wind power from these projects will be a tariff discovered through a transparent process of bidding by the SECI. As reported, the scheme will not only facilitate the non-solar RPO but also boost investment in the sector thus achieving the goal of reaching 60 GW of wind power capacity by 2022. Odisha is expected to get power by October this year.