Small hydro, wind power proj have
Mar 10, 2008 - Asia Pulse Data Source
India has been able to tap about 10,000 MW of the
60,000-MW power generating potential available from
small hydro and wind projects, the Rajya Sabha was
In a written reply, Vilas Muttemwar, Minister of
State for New and Renewable Energy, said the potential
of small hydropower projects in the country is estimated
at 15,000 MW, while that of wind power at 45,000 MW.
Small hydropower projects have a capacity of up to
"So far, small hydro projects of 2,061 MW and wind
power projects of 7,940 MW (as on 31.1.2008) have
been set up in the country," he said.
Muttemwar said the new and renewable ministry is
providing central financial assistance (CFA) for setting
up small and mini hydro power projects in public as
well as private sectors.
"The CFA is to meet 75 per cent of the project cost
limited to Rs 30,000 per water mill for mechanical
application and Rs 1 lakh per water mill for mechanical
and electrical applications," he said.
In response to another query, the minister said there
exists a potential of around 84,776 MW in the country
for power generation from various renewable sources
such as wind, biomass, small hydro and solar.
The grid-interactive power generation capacity from
renewablesources reached 11,273.62 MW as on December
21, 2007, he said.