Haryana’s first biomass project started generating electricity

Chadigarh/ June 7
Haryana’s first biomass project has started generation of electricity as a 9.9 MW biomass power project has been commissioned at a cost of Rs 64 crore at village Khurawata in district Mahendergarh.
While stating this here today a spokesman of Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) said that the project has been commissioned under the Renewable Energy Power Policy of the State Government through Independent Power Producer (IPP) route. A MoU was signed by the HAREDA with M/s Starwire India Vidyut Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi to set up this project. Set up over an area of 15 acres, this power project uses mustard stalk, Arhar stalk and other agro biomass as fuel. Everyday about 250 tonnes of biomass is required and adequate arrangement for fuel supply has been made by the IPP to run the plant. The project has been synchronized with 132 KV transmission line which is about one km from the plant. The plant is exporting about 1.8 lakh units daily to the grid. It has a raw water pond of 25,000 cubic meter capacity which is fed from the Mahendergarh canal through pumps with an arrangement with the Irrigation Department, Haryana. The tariff for the power generated by the project shall be fixed by the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC).For the power projects setup in 2012-13, the HERC has fixed tariff of Rs. 5.59 per unit.
The power from these projects shall be purchased by the State Utilities on the tariff fixed by the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission. He said that under the Renewable Energy Power Policy of the state, many incentives are provided for generation of power from renewable energy sources. These incentives included Industry status, exemption in electricity duty, change of land use charges and Local Area Development Tax, Wheeling and Banking facility and PPA for 20 years or more depending upon the plants life.

He said that another 9.5 MW biomass power project has been setup in village Dhana Narsan in district Bhiwani and would soon be commissioned as the work for grid connectivity is in progress by the state transmission utility and is likely to be completed within a couple of months. He said that Haryana has a potential to generate about 1000 MW power from agro biomass and the success of these biomass power projects would determine the future roadmap for development of biomass power in the state. These projects will not only augment the power supply in the state, but would also bring prosperity to the farmers who would get a good price for their agro biomass and create many direct and indirect employment opportunities for the local people, he added.