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To rev up wind power net, govt invites private players.
BHOPAL: Even as Madhya Pradesh has gross potential to generate over 5,500 MW of power from wind energy, the current installed capacity of the wind power projects in the state remains only over 200 MW, prompting the state government to invite request for proposal for setting up wind power projects through private sector participation at various sites identified by the prospective developers.

Realising the increasing requirement for power and the need for renewable resources of electricity, the bids have been invited by the new and renewable energy department.

According to official sources, total cumulative proposal up to maximum of 100MW would be considered from any developer if proposal is on government land. The developer can apply for any capacity if his application is for setting project on private land. In January this year, for the development of wind power projects in the state through private sector participation, the state government notified “Policy for implementation of Wind Power Projects in Madhya Pradesh-2012”.

State government has located eight windy sites across MP that are ideal for harnessing wind energy worth 1,200 MW. Of all the sources of renewable energy in MP, wind has the largest potential. Compared to 1,040 MW from biomass, 410 from small hydro and 20 MW per sq km from solar energy, wind has a proven potential of 1200 MW at present. Over all the state government has set a target to have more than 1,100 MW installed capacity of renewable energy by 2013. Official sources said these eight technically proven wind power sites are located in Dewas (250 MW), Dhar (50 MW), Betul (250 MW), Shajapur (150 MW), Ratlam (150 MW), Mandsaur (50 MW), Neemuch (50 MW) and Badwani (250 MW).

Harnessing renewable energy sources will also help government make energy available to remote and isolated areas where conventional energy sources are yet to reach. Decentralised renewable power systems are being established to meet the requirements of isolated communities and areas which are difficult or not likely to be electrified through conventional ways, official sources indicate.

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