Photo: The signing of the promoters agreement by NHPC and GEDCOL (Courtesy of Ministry of Power of India)

East India’s state of Odisha set for 500MW of new floating solar plants

NHPC, India’s largest hydropower company, has signed promoters agreement with Green Energy Development Corporation of Odisha (GEDCOL) for the development of 500MW of new floating solar projects in Odisha.

The signing of the promoters agreement by NHPC and GEDCOL (Courtesy of Ministry of Power of India)
The signing of the promoters agreement by NHPC and GEDCOL (Courtesy of Ministry of Power of India)

The projects in Odisha, an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal, are planned to be developed on various bodies of water in the state, according to project partners.

The move follows a memorandum of understanding (MoU), signed in summer 2021 by NHPC and GEDCOL.

With the signing of promoters agreement, NHPC and GEDCOL committed to jointly establish a company for implementation of 500MW floating solar power projects in Odisha.

They have also agreed the venture will be involved in other such projects in subsequent periods, subject to decision of the project company in accordance with the instruction of the Government of India.

The equity shareholding of NHPC and GEDCOL in the proposed joint venture company will take the proportion of 74:26 respectively.

According to the Indian government, the company will have an authorized share capital of $67 million, with the initial paid up share capital of $1.34 million.

In the first stage, the partners plan to add 300MW of new foating solar capacity in the reservoir of Rengali H.E. project.

The floating solar park scheme will be implemented under Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Power Park (UMREPP) project.

As the first of its kind in Odisha and largest in the country so far, according to the Government of India, the project will help Odisha state to meet its renewable energy generation targets, in addition to creating investment and employment opportunities.