September 25, 2009
In a bid to exploit the available potential in the bio-mass sector, the Orissa government has approved two more bio-mass based power projects with a combined generating capacity of 39 MW of power, bringing the total envisaged generating capacity in the bio-mass sector to 129 MW.
To promote bio-mass based power plants through the use of the wastes like rice husk, groundnut cover, coconut cover and other agricultural waste, the state government has started some initiative and approved the setting up of ten bio-mass based projects so far.
The state government has been moving aggressively on the solar energy front as well.
The state recently cleared two proposals – one by Starlight Energy’s proposal to set up a 15 MW bio-mass power plant at Nuapada and the other by Mahavir Hitech Chemicals (P) Ltd to set up a 5 MW power plant in Ratanpur village of Sundargarh district.
Other proposals many of which have already been cleared include 5 MW power plant proposed by RSB Energy Pvt. Ltd in Sundergarh dicstrict and Enzen Global Solutions’s plan to set up a 5 MW solar power plant in Khurda district, Lanco Solar’s 5 Mw solar plant to be set up in Cuttack district, Sunark Solar’s 5 Mw power plant in Puri district and Kolkata based SREI Infrastructure’s proposal to set up a 5 Mw solar power plant in Bolangir district, Moserbaer Pvt Ltd’s 5 MW grid interactive solar photo voltaic project and Sahara India’s proposal to set up a 5 MW solar power plant in the state.