Godawari Power & Ispat Ltd, part of the Hira
Group, has commissioned a large biomass
power project at the Siltara Industrial
Complex in Raipur district of Chhattisgarh.
Commercial operations began on November
1. This 20-mw power plant marks the entry of
Godawari in the renewable energy sector,
according to information available. The steelcentric
company already has a 53-mw wasteheat
based power plant that is attached to the
company's steel plant at Raipur.
Biomass-based power projects, mainly
running on rice husk, are gaining prominence
in Chhattisgarh. Speaking to Electrical
Monitor over phone from Raipur, S.M.
Deshpande, Additional Director, Chhattisgarh
Renewable Energy Development
Agency, said that the western state currently
has 200 mw of biomass-based power
capacity coming from around 24 plants.
"Around 100 mw of new capacity is under
construction from 13-14 projects," he
observed. Explaining the role of biomass
power, Deshpande observed that Chhattisgarh
State Electricity Board currently purchases
5 per cent of its total power of 2,000
mw from biomass power plants, at rates
prescribed by Chhattisgarh State Electricity
Discussing the commercial viability of biomass-
based power plants, Deshpande felt
that plants with a minimum capacity of 7.5 mw
are economically viable. Apart from selling
power to the state electricity board, developers
could sell power generated to third parties
under the "open access" policy. Apart from
biomass power, CREDA is also promoting
other forms of renewable energy applications
like small hydropower and more recently,
solar power, the CREDA official noted.