With an aim to add aggregate clean energy capacity of 1,000 Mw by establishing four 4 solar parks in the State by 2020, the State Government has directed different district Collectors to identify 5,000 acres of land for the purpose. The target was set by the Odisha Government in its draft Odisha Solar Park Policy, 2014. The draft policy primarily aims at facilitating accelerated deployment of solar energy in the State to support sustainable development and address the climate change issues.
The draft policy will be implemented in two models namely, Green Energy Development Corporation of Odisha (GEDCOL) model and private developer model. Odisha receives an average solar radiation of 5.5k Wh/sqm area with around 300 clear sunny days every year. According to National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), solar power potential of the State has been estimated at 25,780 Mwp2. Districts like Nabarangpur, Sundargarh and Balangir are the best places for establishment solar parks as these districts receive more sunlight than other districts.