Orissa Wind Energy Potential Estimated to be 900 MW

In an aim to set up wind power projects in the State, the State Government has given permissions to Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), an autonomous institution of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and two private developers-Suzlon Infrastructure Limited and Regen Powertech Private Limited- to assess wind resources in 16 places in the State.

Replying to a question of legislature Priti Ranjan Ghadai, The Minister of Science and Technology Ramesh Chandra Majhi informed this in the State Assembly on Saturday.

The Minister also informed that the State Government has no proposal of its own to set up of wind turbines in the State.

While Suzlon Infrastructure is taking up wind resources assessment in eight places, C-WET and Regan Powertech are doing such work in three and five places respectively.

The places chosen for wind power assessment are Dhamra, Chatrapur, Khandiguda, Damanjodi South, Damanjodi North, Chandipur, Paradip, Daitari Gandhamardhan, Khandadhar, Sambalpur, Puri (two locations), Khurda, Kandhamal and Kalahandi.

The three developers are taking up wind power assessment with State Nodal Agencies. As per the guidelines of the MNRE, for the wind assessment work taken up by C-NET, the State has to deposit 20 per cent of the cost of project which is Re 1 lakh per site and also provide land for the setting up of the wind mast. The two private developers who are taking up wind resource assessment in 13 places can set up wind farms in the locations they did assessment work, provided their data should be vetted by C-WET.

The present cost of installation of wind power projects is about Rs 4.67 crore per MW and the State offers a tariff of Rs 5.31p per wind of power.