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Bihar Govt plans solar power with pisciculture

According to reports, the state government has decided to develop up to 150MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) based projects which are to be set up on the ‘chaur’/pond where pisciculture is being undertaken. Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Limited (BSPHCL), the company engaged in planning, promoting and developing the power sector in Bihar, has been designated by the state energy department for undertaking the bid process for selection of private developers.

The selected developers will enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with both North and South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited. Despite abundant aquatic resources in terms of rivers, chaurs, floodplain wetlands, lakes, reservoirs, ponds and tanks, fish supply is short of demand in Bihar. The term of PPA will be for a period of 25 years.

To take feedback from a cross section of the society, some of the stakeholders also attended a meeting here on February 15 to discuss the draft request for proposal (RFP) for setting up grid-connected solar PV project coupled with pisciculture in Bihar. “We have received encouraging response from them for the innovative concept,” said Jitendra Kishore, BSPHCL chief engineer (transmission operation and maintenance). “We are in the process of compiling positive feedbacks from the various stakeholders which would be included in the final RFP,” Kishore told TOI.

Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) has been designated as nodal agency for providing necessary support to facilitate the development of the solar PV projects in the state.

To enhance the fish production in the state, two of the resources – ponds and chaurs – have been identified as the focus areas and various central as well as state-sponsored schemes like development of inland fresh water aquaculture and chaur development scheme are being implemented by the animal and fisheries resources department, Bihar.

Bihar has about 280-300 sunny days in a year. Initiatives have been taken to implement the decentralized distributed generation (DDG) scheme under Accelerated Rural Electrification Programme using solar/solar hybrid technologies in non-electrified villages of Gopalganj and Kaimur districts.

The fisheries sector has been playing an important role in the overall development of Bihar by contributing to underlying growth processes in a substantive manner. Being a nutritious food and easily available to all, the sector provides a sustainable avenue of self employment for a large number of people living in the rural areas of the state.

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