Bihar government today gave its nod to the new and renewable energy policy 2011 to promote and attract entrepreneurs wishing to set up power plants based on renewable energy sources such as biomass, solar wind and hydro among others to help strengthen power generation in the state.
Elaborating on the new energy policy, which got the state cabinet’s nod, energy department Principal secretary Ajay V. Nayak has said that new and renewable energy sources have the potential to generate around 2,000MW of power in the state.
The new renewable energy policy, which would be known as “Bihar Policy for Promotion of New and Renewable Energy Sources, 2011”, promises a slew of incentives for those entrepreneurs who wish to set up power plants based on renewable energy sources. The policy would come into operation from the date of its notification for a period of five years.
The State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB), has cleared proposals to generate around 400MW alone from biomass. Moreover, the state can generate power from 180MW alone from rice husk which has become quite popular, Another 80MW could be generated from municipal wastes.
Bihar at present generates around 6 MW from biomass plants, around 4KW from solar power plant at Patailiya village in Samastipur district and about 55MW from hydro electric power plants.