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Haryana signs pacts for setting up biomass power projects

According to reports, Haryana Government has signed Memorandum of Understating with four Independent Power Producers for setting up of five biomass power projects of 51 MW capacities with an investment of Rs. 230 crore. Out of these, two projects are likely to be commissioned soon.

A spokesman of Renewable Energy Department said that Haryana was one of the leading State in implementing energy conservation programmes. Energy Conservation Fund had been created for execution of energy conservation programmes in the state. He said that a 6 MW small hydro project with an investment of Rs. 58 crore at Dadupur, Yamuna Nagar, 2 MW project with an investment of Rs. 22 crore at Gogripur, Karnal, 1.4 MW small hydro project with an investment of Rs. 16 crore at Musapur, district Karnal and 1.4 MW small hydro project with an investment of Rs. 16 crore at Khukni, district Karnal had started power generation.

He said that apart from this, a 1.8 MW project at Meham Cooperative Sugar Mill, 24 MW project at Shahbad Cooperative Sugar Mill, 16 MW project at Rohtak Cooperative Sugar Mill and 2 MW project at Hafed Cooperative Sugar Mill, Asandh had been set up to produce power from the bagasse in Sugar Mills through cogeneration route. Haryana had been awarded first prize for best performance in installation of solar water heating system in North Region for the year 2011-2012, he added.As many as 21 District Level Energy Parks had been setup in the State with an investment of Rs.1.8 crore to create awareness among the students and masses about renewable energy and energy conservation technologies.

In addition, a project to install 5552 SPV Street Lighting Systems with an investment of Rs. 12.11 crores in 369 villages of district Yamuna Nagar, Ambala, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Panipat, Sonipat, Jind, Faridabad, Bhiwani, Gurgaon and Panchkula having 50 per cent or more Scheduled Castes population had also been completed. The spokesman said that an innovative scheme to reward the Panchayats which have done excellent work for the promotion of renewable energy had been initiated. Under this scheme, State level first, second and third prizes of Rs. five lakh, Rs. four lakh and Rs.three lakh respectively and District level first and second prizes of Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 25,000 were given..

As many as 188 Panchayats had been given awards of Rs. 108.26 lakh during last seven years. Besides, Energy Clubs had been setup in 14 Engineering Colleges of the State with an investment of Rs. 3.5 lakh to promote Renewable Energy.Under Jawahar Lal Nehru National Solar Mission, he said that eight projects of 7.8 MW capacity had been commissioned in the State which includes seven projects of one MW each at village Nandha, district Bhiwani, village Badhour district Panchkula, village Balsamand, district Hisar, village Panchaota district Mahendergarh, village Sarakpur district Panchkula, village Kumthala district Sirsa, village Nigana district Rohtak and 0.8 MW project in village Silarpurmehta district Mahendergarh.

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