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India to set up five new projects to generate power from municipal waste

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is implementing a programme for setting up of five new projects on energy recovery from municipal solid wastes.

In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today, Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah said the projects to be set up under the programme will be based on indigenous or imported technologies. He said the programme provides for capital subsidy of Rs. 2 crore per MW with an upper limit of Rs. 10 crore per project.

 Dr. Abdullah added that the benefits for Customs and Excise Duty concessions are also provided for projects based on municipal solid wastes. The Minister however added that no plants have so far been set up under above mentioned scheme. However, four projects for power generation from municipal solid wastes have been set up in the past as follows:

i. 5 MW biomethanation technology project in Uttar Pradesh

ii. Two projects of 12.6 MW capacity based on Refuse Derived Fuel Combustion technology in Andhra Pradesh

iii. One project of 3.5 MW based on incineration technology in Delhi.

Dr. Abdullah said that the projects supported under the programme on energy from urban and industrial wastes have to necessarily deploy all the required emission control equipment and get approval from the pollution control authorities.

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