Big response to small power projects
Shimla, January 21
There has been a big response to small hydro power projects with the Himurja, the nodal agency for renewable energy, receiving 499 applications from independent power producers (IPPs) for 35 projects and as many self-identified projects up to 5 MW.
Out of the 35 projects with an aggregate capacity of 60.01 MW, as many as 28 projects of up to 2 MW capacity have been reserved for Himachalis and not surprisingly a majority of applicants are from the state.
The seven projects are Nati (2.20 MW) and Machhad-I (3MW) in Shimla, Jigrain (4.80 MW) and Duada (2.30 MW) in Kullu, Upper Tain (5 MW) in Chamba, Chainra (4.30 MW) and Bakhli (4.50 MW ) in Mandi. The combined generation capacity of these projects is 26.10 MW.
The maximum number of 17 projects (22.75 MW) are in Shimla district, followed by Kullu with 9 projects of 14.70 MW, Mandi with 4 projects (111.50 MW), Chamba with 3 projects (9 MW) and Sirmour and Shimla with one project each of 1.90 MW and 0.16 MW, respectively.
An expert committee will evaluate the financial capability of the applicants on the basis of which the projects will be allotted. Till date, 485 projects (up to 5 MW) with the aggregate capacity of 1215 MW have been allotted out which 35 projects of 138 MW have been commissioned.
During the current financial year, 24 projects of 93 MW were scheduled to be commissioned. Currently, 46 projects of 147 MW are under various stages of construction and another 56 projects of 182 MW are in the process of securing various mandatory clearances. Out of which 22 projects of 71 MW will be completed in the next financial year and another 36 projects of 121 MW capacity in the following year. In 2013-14, 40 projects of 126 MW capacity are slated for completion.
Since 1995, over 500 projects (up to 25 MW) with an aggregate capacity of 2,100 MW have been allotted to independent power producers.