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Topaz Solar Power to set up 500 Mw unit in Odisha for Rs 220 cr

This will be the first solar panel manufacturing facility in the state

Dillip Satapathy  |  Bhubaneswar 

Topaz Solar Power to set up 500 Mw solar panel unit in Odisha

Kolkata-based proposes to set up a solar module manufacturing plant in with an annual capacity to produce 500 megawatts (Mw) of solar panels.

This will be the first solar panel manufacturing facility in the state, which of late has identified as a priority area.

The project, which will come up on 5 acres of land in the vicinity of Bhubaneswar, is estimated to cost Rs 220 crore. Of this, Rs 80 crore will be in the form of equity with the rest Rs 140 crore being debt. Out of the total project cost, Rs 170 crore will be spent on imported equipment.

The payback period of the project is anticipated to be 6 years. The project will be implemented in two phases — 120Mw in the first phase and the balance 380Mw within 2 years from the commercial production of 120 Mw i.e. three years from the start of the project.

The project will use German and Chinese technology and it will be set up by on turnkey basis.

is promoted by Ganesan Natarajan and Usha Natarajan through firms & Currently, the promoters are engaged in manufacturing of with cogeneration of power, and trading of bulk commodities like ferrous and non-ferrous scrap, building material etc. in India and abroad.

However, the promoters' intent to seek incentives under the ESDM (Electronic System and Design Manufacturing) policy of the government is thwarted by the obligation of meeting employment generation conditions. According to a 2015 notification of the state government, a large has to employ 500 people at the start of the project and scale it up to 2,000 people within 5 years of operation to claim the incentives.

"module manufacturing units is highly automated manufacturing process and thus, do not require huge manpower like BPO (Business process outsourcing) and IT (information technology) industries, which are service industries. In view of this, we have requested the state government to modify the condition of employment generation," Natarajan said.

He said the world annual photovoltaic demand is expected to reach up to 30 Gw in 2014. demand has grown consistently by 20-25 per cent a year over the past 20 years. India has projected a total installed capacity of 20,000 Mw by 2020 and a lot more can be achieved through various public-private alliances.

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