Trend of power production using Solar photo-voltaic is increasing. India is at the 9th place while Germany seats at the top in the list of countries producing solar power. With the efforts of MNRE to implement JNNSM, soon India is expected to take a huge leap.
Visit to Solar Power Plant, Bamra
To reach Bamra from Rourkela, take highway SH10 till Badgaon. At Badgaon turn south to take the road joining SH24. This road travels through rural Odisha, bisecting the paddy fields, taking a standing ovation from the plants on roadside. A smooth road with gentle curves is awesome road to drive on with your favorite music on ! The road infrastructure is being improved, roads are widened and new 4 or 6 lane roads being laid.
Odisha is one of the developing state encouraging industrialization. However, still the state economy banks on mining and power production. In recent times, the focus is shifted to power production using renewable route. Plants like the one at Bamra, usually of 1 MW to 5 MW capacity are coming up in small villages. Currently about 10 such plants put Odisha on the Solar Energy Map of India.
Cleaning of Solar panel to wipe out the dust. Accumulation of dust may decrease the power output.
What to do on the way?
Get down the vehicle and roam around in the jungles near by. You may find some seasonal spot to get bewildered over the creation of nature.
Eat the local food at the small canteens or hotels. At Bamra I had a simple meal merely at 30 Rs.
Often interior roads of Odisha are lonely, small villages are encountered occasionally. Sometimes a small roadside temple, mostly to provide the traveler to take a break. I found a small one with a hand pump near by where a herd of cattle was gathered.
On the way back, a hunch stopped us to see the colors of fall at Kharikamunda
How to reach:
Bamra is at 90 Km from Rourkela (15 Km from Badgaon)
To visit plant you need permission from the authority.