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J&K sets up 6 masts for wind power study

According to reports, the Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency has installed six wind masts at six locations to carry out a preliminary study for wind power potential and feasibility, JKEDA officials said.
The study will be conducted for two years. The masts were installed during 2011 at at Pir Ki Gali in Poonch district, Ladadhar-Patnitop in Ramban district, Gulmargh and Parishpora areas in Baramulla district, Sonamargh and Kangan-Mamar area in Ganderbal district.

The criteria for developing a wind farm is to first assess the wind potential and then take up the wind power projects, if the site is found feasible and approved by Centre for wind Energy Technology.

However, one Bidda site in Reasi district has been found feasible, with high wind potential, and the first wind power project in the state is expected there.

Wind masts were also installed at Ijara in Baramulla district and Bidda. At Bidda there is wind potential of about 336 watts/sq mt at 50 mts height, officials said.  Project of around 10 MWs could be developed.

Ijara site was not found feasible. For development of the Bidda site, draft MoU has been prepared and forwarded to NHPC for its acceptance as the location at which wind farm is to be developed is leased out to NHPC by the State Government.

In case of wind power projects, masts are installed in the first instance to measure the wind velocity for ascertaining the potential of the state. The measurements are taken initially for two years and if the site is found feasible then the study is extended for one one more year, they said.

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