National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC), said last month that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Kerala to develop around 200 MW wind energy-based power projects in the state. The state-owned power producer wil develop wind power jointly with the state government on a build, own and operate basis.
According to reports, more emphasis will be given on nonconventional energy parks and logistics parks by Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra) to make the state more competitive when the new industrial policy of the UDF Government comes into effect.
Kinfra managing director S Ramnath told Express that solar power plant would come up at Palakkad in six acres from where one MW of solar power could be generated.
This demonstration programme at a cost of Rs. 22 crore will be implemented with the financial assistance of Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. A NonConventional Energy Park will also be set up in Palakkad in 50 acres. The project is aimed at giving a fillip to renewable energy generation, which will be a manufacturing and research hub for equipment used in setting up of green power facilities. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 20 crore. The employment generated from it will be 2,000 in three years with an investment of Rs. 300 crore.
Wind energy parks will be promoted at Kinfra at Walayar in Palakkad. Ramnath pointed out that several wind turbine generators are already in operation here.