The government of Odisha has decided to form a separate company, Odisha Green Power Corporation Ltd (OGPCL), exclusively for the purpose of promoting large-scale solar power plants and other renewable energy projects, State Energy Minister, Mr Arun Kumar Sahu said. The new company is expected to be a subsidiary of Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC), which has substantial lands on which to put up solar projects. OHPC intends to put up a 22.5 MW solar project, spread over three of its hydro project locations, through its green power subsidiary. OHPC is also discussing with Water Resource department to have solar projects on the canals of Odisha for multiple benefits. Odisha had earlier awarded a 25 MW project to a company called Alex Green (a subsidiary of Shree Ganesh Jewellery), recently announced the opening of bids for another 25 MW. The State government has been recommended to declare 2013 as the ‘Solar Year of Odisha’ and also to set up a 100 MW solar park and raise its capacity to 1,000 MW by 2017.