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Renewable energy gets priority in Andhra Pradesh

According to reports, with power generation in conventional process failing to meet the needs due to different reasons, the onus fell on the renewable energy sector in AP.

The state government on its part has set the target at 2,000 MW generation with active association and participation of ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE).

Of this total, 1,000 MW in the form of wind energy and the remaining part is shared in the form of solar power, biomass, and through allied processes in 2013-14. As far as wind energy is concerned, the sources disclosed that East and West Godavari, Anantapur, Kadapa, Srikakulam along with two more districts in Telangana were selected for installation of wind velocity towers.

In East Godavari, the systems were installed at Purumallapuram in Tondangi mandal, GIET college premises at Rajanagaram in Rajahmundry suburbs. In West Godavari, Dwarakatirumala was selected for installation of the system. It is learnt that the installation of systems in other districts is also under progress.

After careful observations of velocity records for a specified period, the authorities resort to full-fledged systems for wind energy generation. For generation through biomass system the rice husk and sugar cane waste are being used as diversified activity in rice mills, sugar factories and oil refineries. One unit at Duppalapudi in Anaparthy mandal of EG is generating power by burning poultry litter.

For promotion of the renewable energy, the government has sanctioned Rs 60 crore at state-level. Of this, Rs 50 crore is being given towards subsidy for promoting the use of pumpsets for ground water extraction with solar power.

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