Corporates in Haryana turn to biomass generation

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: Sep 15 2010, 02:31am hrs
With Haryana having a potential of generating 1,400 mw of power through biomass, various corporates are keen on exploring the same. Four projects where biogas-based power plants will be set up have already been approved by Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) and are likely to be commissioned in 2010-11 fiscal.

Besides these four projects HAREDA is considering three new proposals that include a 3 mw biogas-based power plant to be set up by REI Agro at Rewari, a Hareda official told FE. He further added, Another proposal is from Bahalgarh (Sonepat) based Sunstar Overseas for 1.95 mw. HP Bio Energy located at Nangthala in Hisar has also proposed to set up a one mw power plant based on cow, horse, poultry waste and maize stalks.

The processing industry, where steam is required is coming forward to install such power plants through biomass cogeneration. This way they are able to use the industrial waste and generate power for captive use, said the official.

On the other hand biogas-based power plant of one mw has already been commissioned by Ashoka Distilleries and Chemicals at Hathin in district Palwal. The plant was commissioned in June at a cost of Rs 4.47 crore. Two more projects that are likely to be commissioned by December this year include a project of 200 kw by Dera Sacha Sauda at Sirsa at a cost of Rs 4.8 crore. It has been sanctioned by the ministry of new and renewable energy and is under execution. The second power plant of 3 mw, will be set up by Globus Spirits at Smalakha in Sonepat at a cost of around Rs 12 crore.