Jajpur, August 30 (Odisha.in) Orissa Minister of Science and Technology and Panchayati Raj Sanjeeb Kumar Sahoo inaugurated a 1200-MW renewable power project at Bainchuan near Tangi in Cuttack district.
The captive power plant of Maa Durga Rice Mill is the first of its kind in Orissa and largest renewable power project of the country. It will generate power from husk.
Previously the Orissa Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) was only concentrating on small renewable energy projects. This is for the first time in the country that it has launched a mega renewable power project, Sahoo said inaugurating the plant on Wednesday afternoon.
The plant will generate 8 million units of power per annum and it will run 24 hours throughout the year without any interruption.
“Orissa has a target to generate 3000 MW renewable power energy. Renewable energy is being produced in an eco-friendly way without any pollution.
Beside this project, another two renewable power projects would be located in Dhenkanal and Khurda districts of the state to generate power for providing electricity in non-electrified villages of Orissa.
Another 1200-MW renewable power project is on the card and it will be set up soon,” he said.
While the mill has been set up with an investment of Rs 2.5 crore, its power plant will produce electricity worth Rs 4.8 crore.
General Manager of the mill Surya Kanta Panda said it is better to have a renewable energy plant at the site and be self-reliant than depending on conventional electricity from the power distributing companies.
Principal scientific officer of Union Ministry of Renewable Energy in the eastern region, BK Panda, said that Rs 6 crore had been spent in this renewable captive project.
He added that 40 per cent of the cost of the entire project would be adjusted in the first year from tax and Central Government subsidy, while the rest of the money would be recovered within five years, after which the mill would enjoy free electricity.