Bhubaneswar, August 24: Today every state is in the plan for combating the ‘Climate Change’ with use of ‘Clean Energy’. Heading towards this dream, Odisha launched the grid-connected rooftop solar projects in the state. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated this project saying that “At a time when Odisha is one of the foremost States who are preparing the climate change action plan, rooftop solar projects will be well accepted by the public.”
Under this new project, consumers can install small power plants on the rooftops and consume the generated power during the day time. It will also help people export excess power to the grid at 220V/440V levels through service cables and save energy. The exported power is metered on a special type of meter called Net-Meter which is provided by the respective Discoms. The positive difference of import from the grid and export to the grid is billed to the consumer. Consumers can reduce their consumption of the utility by using solar power and simultaneously get a reduced bill on account of export of solar power to the grid. The investment on a rooftop solar system is about Rs 70,000 per kW. Subsidy to the tune of 30 per cent is available to consumers belonging to residential and institutional segments as well as to registered societies and trusts.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also launched the web portal www.rtsodisha.gov.in In order to help project stakeholders interact with consumers and provide services.This website created by Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) will be useful in making the Rooftop Solar Program easily accessible to the common citizens, said Patnaik.