India can generate 18,000 Megawatt renewable energy using biomass

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India can generate around 18,000 Megawatt (Mw) of renewable energy using biomass and an additional 7000-8000 MW from bagasse cogeneration in sugar mills, power and renewable energy minister R K Singh has said.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched a scheme to support biomass-based cogeneration in sugar mills and other industries up to March 2020. “Under this scheme, biomass cogeneration projects are being provided Central Financial Assistance at the rate of Rs 25 lakh per MW of surplus exportable capacity and Rs 50 lakh per MW of installed capacity depending on the type of fuel used,” Singh said in a written reply in Parliament.

The minister quoted a study by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, which estimated surplus biomass availability in the country at around 120 to 150 million tonne per annum covering agricultural residues.

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