Jharkhand takes up wind energy
Jharkhand, which does not feature prominently on India's wind
energy potential map, has taken early steps to establish wind power capacity in
Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency, the state nodal agency for
renewable energy development, is keen to develop wind power capacity with
private sector participation.
Speaking to Projectmonitor, B.K. Rai, a senior JREDA spokesperson, said that the
agency was exploiting several possibilities that include seeking consultants and
turnkey contractors to set up wind farms for JREDA. Consultants will be required
to assess wind power potential across several locations in the state while
contractors will also enter into a 10-year complete maintenance contract with
JREDA. Expressions of interest are currently being invited from potential
consultants and contractors.
Rai stated that, subsequently, JREDA would also look at forming joint ventures
with potential wind energy developers. Private entrepreneurs will also be
allowed to set up self-owned wind power projects with subsidy benefits extended
to them as per guidelines issued by the ministry of new and renewable energy.
Jharkhand currently has no installed wind power capacity. Centre for Wind Energy
Technology (C-WET) has installed 50m high masts to study wind power potential in
two areas - Pithoria in Ranchi district and Netarhat in Gumla district. The
studies, however, did not show encouraging results, a C-WET official said. "Wind
power potential is generally low in northern and eastern India," he said.
Nevertheless, fresh studies are being conducted in the southern part of Gumla
district that borders Chhattisgarh. Results will be known in the next two-three
months, he said.
Meanwhile, JREDA is also working on a comprehensive policy for small hydropower
and wind power projects, Rai said. This policy will address issues relating to
private sector participation touching upon aspects like sale of power to
Jharkhand State Electricity Board or private parties, subsidies, incentives etc.
JREDA currently is the implementing agency for state and Central
government-sponsored schemes for renewable agency, and is predominantly engaged
in remote village electrification through biogas plants. Last year, JREDA also
embarked on a venture to conduct the detailed survey and design for 25 small
hydropower projects aggregating 47 mw, spread over eight districts including
Ranchi, East Singhbhum and Gumla.
[May 12-18, 2008]