Friday 23 September 2011

Bachhelikhal at Tehri Garhwal to get Uttarakhand’s first wind energy Farm

Written by Anil Singh

Tehri district of Uttarakhand is all set to become the first Himalayan site to host a wind energy farm.

The project which has already received approval by the Uttarakhand Government will be set up on a hill top, in Bachhelikhal, Tehri Garhwal.

A notification to this effect has already been issued for producing 2.4 megawatt (Mw) of wind power.

The wind Farm will require an investment of Rs 12.5 crore. The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for which was prepared last year by Darashaw, a Mumbai-based consultancy firm. The wind farm will have three wind turbines with a capacity of 800 KW each o produce 2.4 Mw of wind energy.

Notably, for the Bachhelikhal area of the Tehri district, attracting glances as an area having potential for a wind farm are not new. A decade ago, the Chennai-based Centre for Wind Energy Technology (CWET) had carried out the ground work and other surveys regarding the potential of wind energy in Bachhelikhal area.

The state-owned Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (UREDA) has sent the DPR to the ministry of new and renewable energy for getting subsidy. The UREDA is expecting a heavy subsidy or grants to the tune of Rs 5.25 crore in the project.

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