Haryana can generate 1,019 MW power from surplus biomass: Report

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

CHANDIGARH - Over 1,019 MW of power, enough to make Haryana self-reliant, can be generated from the surplus agricultural and forest biomass available in the state, a study revealed Wednesday.

The study, conducted by the Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA), revealed that the net surplus biomass available after consumption by way of domestic use and subtraction of sugarcane biomass holds a potential of producing 1019 MW of power.

The maximum potential exists in Sirsa district (131 MW), followed by Karnal (122 MW), Kaithal (89 MW), Kurukshetra (84 MW) and Fatehabad (78 MW).

The study was released by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here Wednesday.

“Presently, the state is generating 128.11 MW from renewable energy sources. New projects of 233.58 MW power generation from renewable resources are under various stages of installation,” said Madhusudan Prasad, financial commissioner and principal secretary of renewable energy department.

The study has drawn estimates of total generation of biomass, utilization and surplus available from different crops in various blocks by using satellite data through the Haryana Space Application Centre in Hisar.

Hooda said that use of biomass for power generation would not only make the state self-reliant in power but also provide additional income to farmers and result in employment generation in the rural areas.

“The report will be very useful in deciding where to set up biomass-based power projects in the state,” Hooda said.

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