According to a report in Sify,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.
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).
‘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.
Panchabuta had discussed in detail about the excellent progress in the biomass targets for the current plan period and provided a detail analysis of the commissioned and under implementation projects in an earlier essay.
As most biomass developers would acknowledge and as Panchabuta has often repeated, the biggest problem in such projects is the availability of feedstock and usually this varies even within the state and within a particular district this has to be analyzed at a micro market level for the success of the project.