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Govt lays groundwork for wind power plants in four districts  

Credit:  Faisal Fareed : Lucknow, Tue Jan 01 2013, 05:19 hrs | The Indian Express | www.indianexpress.com ~~

To study the potential of harnessing wind power, four wind monitoring stations (WMS) will be set up in in Pilibhit, Sitapur, Shahjahanpur and Lakhimpur districts of Uttar Pradesh by the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET).

After a year of analysis by C-WET, power plants based on wind energy will be developed in these areas on public-private partnership (PPP) model.

This is the first time efforts are being made to tap wind power energy in northern India. Some WMS are functioning in Rajasthan but there is none north of it.

The project is being handled by the UP New and Renewable Energy Agency (UPNEDA) under the Department of Additional Sources of Energy of the state government.

“The study work is complete and now the WMS will be set up in these places. For a year, data on wind power, relative humidity, solar power, etc. will be collected. After that the process of setting up wind-based power plants will be initiated in these places,” Ram Kumar, nodal officer of UPNEDA, said.

He said that a study had been going for tapping wind power in the state since 2005. A total of 11 districts, including some in the Bundelkhand region, Sonbhadra and Mirzapur were shortlisted. However, all of them were turned down by C-WET, which is an autonomous research and development institution under the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

“Commercial production of power by exploiting wind power was not feasible in these districts and hence they were rejected,” Ram Kumar said.

Later, in another study by C-WET on various wind indicators, the region of the Sharda-Ghaghra basin on the Indo-Nepal border was found to be appropriate for exploiting wind power. Four districts —- Pilibhit, Sitapur, Shahjahanpur and Lakhimpur —— were shortlisted. Wind monitoring stations with the support of MNRE will come up in these districts. For one year, these stations will be under the supervision of C-WET which will collect and analyse the data.

“This area has shown a possibility of producing up to 1,260 MW of power from wind energy. After one year of analysis, C-WET will give its nod for setting up a power plant for exploiting wind energy,” Ram Kumar said.

During this one year, UPNEDA will undertake the exercise of involving private players for setting up wind power plants in these notified areas on PPP model. Already, a meet of private industries in wind power had been organised on December 4. “We have got a very encouraging response. We are hopeful to get major companies here. The cost comes to nearly Rs 5-6 crore per MW while the buy-back tariff is also quite good,” Ram Kumar said.

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4 wind monitoring stations to be set up in in Pilibhit, Sitapur, Shahjahanpur, Lakhimpur by C-WET.

After one year of analysis of data, C-WET will give its nod for setting up power plants based on wind energy on public-private partnership model

Area has shown a possibility of producing up to 1,260 MW of power from wind energy

This is the first time efforts are being made to tap wind power energy in northern India. Some WMS are functioning in Rajasthan but there is none north of it.

Source:  Faisal Fareed : Lucknow, Tue Jan 01 2013, 05:19 hrs | The Indian Express | www.indianexpress.com

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