According to this report, an innovative biomass-based power plant, established in Fatehullar village of Ghazipur, is bolstering the integrated agri-processing and enhancing the rural economy in the state. The power plant is first-of-its-kind in UP.
The start of the 15 mega watt (mw) capacity power plant has also brought a new concept in paddy processing and rice milling while utilising husk as fuel as a clean and renewable source of energy.
The power plant has already achieved the power load factor (PLF) of 99.94% in the very first year of its commercial operation in 2010, said M L Arora, general manager of a Ghazipur-based agro-energy company which has established the power plant, on Friday.
The plant ensures maximum utilisation of crop wastes.
The company plans to set up biomass collection centres (BCCs) at various locations in the state where farmers can get value for their agro-waste that was earlier burnt in the field, he added.
Shyam Lal, chairman of Planner India Limited,said that Goshandepur village under Karanda block in Ghazipur district is already witnessing successful operation of power crops centre. A number of districts in east UP region like Jaunpur, Mirzapur, Chandauli and Buxar (Bihar) are in the pipeline to get such centres soon.
These centres have great potential for enhancing rural employment and economy besides adding value to agri-businesses for small and marginal farmers, he added. He also said that such centres would be opened at more places in the country, beginning with UP and Bihar.
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.
Successful projects like these have evolved a model of feedstock security and supply which is essential to success of the project. Also recently as Panchabuta reported, the government is launching a new policy initiative of small biomass plants of 1 to 2 MW at the tailendwith a target of 10,000 MW in the next 10 years.