The State gets 300 clear sunny days with solar radiation of 5KW hour/Sqm/day. There is also ample scope for exploiting untapped ground water potential. Marginalized (less than 1 hectare land holdings) farmers' population happens to be majority (90%) in Odisha. Many of the small and marginal farmers of Odisha usually cultivate vegetable in Kharif and Rabi seasons in 0.3 to 0.5 acre of land. Dug wells are the most feasible irrigation sources for small and marginal farmers.
The State Government has taken initiative to promote Solar Photo Voltaic Pump Sets in the remote farming areas having no electricity supply connectivity, with the objective of increasing irrigation potential and cropping intensity in the state.