According to reports, Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) has agreed in principle to set up solar power plants in the state. These plants would be set up under the power purchase agreement with Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB). In total 10 shortlisted promoter firms have submitted a proposal to generate a total of 198 MW of power in different parts of the state.
The proposal to set up solar power plants were sent by the State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB) for its approval to BREDA.. It is aimed to promote renewable energy in Bihar.
A promoter firm- Schanti Partners LLC, New York has inclined to generate 10 MW of solar power in parts of Kaimur district while the famous Moser Baer Clean Energy Limited, New Delhi has inclined to set up plants in parts of three districts- East Champaran, West Champaran and Banka with a total generating capacity of 80 MW.
Four Kolkata based firms- GLATT Solutions Private Limited, Response Renewable Energy Limited, SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited and Abacus Holding Private Limited were shortlisted for setting up solar plants. These firms have sent proposals for setting up solar plants in parts of Nawada, Munger, Muzaffarpur, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnia districts with a total capacity of generating 58 MW of solar power, said an official.
Chaucer Capital of Mumbai has submitted its proposal to generate 20 MW of solar power in Naxal-infested Barachatti block in Gaya district while Noida (UP) based Bhilwara Energy Limited will set up its plant with a capacity to generate 10 MW of power in divisional town Muzaffarpur district.
Avantika Contractors of Hyderabad has sent proposal to set up 5 MW of solar power in the UP bordering Rampurva village in Gaunaha block in West Champaran while Claro Energy Private Limited New Delhi in parts of Khagaria and Gopalganj district (5×2 MW ).
Interestingly, all these villages and district towns hardly get any normal power supply from the grid of the BSEB. Some young entrepreneurs have already started generating off grid power supply through rice husk power system in the remote areas of West Chamapran district.
“Currently we are serving 400+ villages and hamlets through 80 + rice husk plants” in remote areas of West Champaran district, said Gyanesh Pandey CEO Husk Power Systems. They are also producing five ton of incense sticks per month thereby employing about 50 women.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has already opted to go green. Solar energy will now light up his official residence here at 1, Anne marg. Recently, Bihar cabinet has already approved Rs 4.5 crore for installing solar panels and other equipment.
Now CM’s native village Kalyan Bigha in Nalanda district has also been experimented with low cost solar PV pumpset. Greenpeace India has taken the initiative of demonstrating innovative low-cost solar PV (photo voltaic) pumpset at his native village in Kalyan Bigha recently.