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Rajasthan adopts new wind power policy

According to reports, the Rajasthan Government has adopted a new wind power policy to facilitate installation of wind energy plants of 3,000 MW capacity during the next three to four years and promote private investments in the sector through a slew of incentives and concessions.

State Energy Minister Jitendra Singh said here on Thursday that the Government-owned power discoms would purchase electricity from the plants at the rates decided by the Power Tariff Regulatory Commission while the investors would be free to sell electricity to any other institution.

Wind power projects of 2,075 MW capacity have been established so far under the non-conventional energy policy of 2004 in the western Rajasthan districts. Mr. Singh pointed out that separate policies on biomass and solar energy were adopted earlier.

The Minister said the entrepreneurs willing to set up wind power plants would be allotted land at only 10 per cent of the reserve prices, while electricity duty would be waived for entrepreneurs consuming the power on their own.

“The new policy, which recognises wind power generation as an industry, has provided concessions similar to those available to [different] industrial sectors,” said Mr. Singh. Investors willing to find out the scope for wind energy generation at specific locations would also be allotted land for establishment of wind monitoring stations, he added.

Mr. Singh expressed the hope that the new policy would pave the way for investments worth Rs.20,000 crore in the State.

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