Lakshadeep Government is planning to set up a 10 MW biomass based power plant. Currently, the islands are facing huge costs in use of diesel generators. As per expert studies, biomass is found to be more suitable than other renewable energy options. Wind power is ruled out because of lack of land, while biomass which is found in plenty in form of coconut shells. An expression of interest is likely to be invited to build the plant on BOOT basis.
Biomass Power Plants in Tamil Nadu have reduced their power generation capacity as the demand has come down. Since May 2013, the state government has allowed unconditional intra-State third party sale which has resulted in reduced power shortage for HT consumers. The current cost of per unit of Rs.6.5 from biomass power plants is costlier by Re.1 which finds few takers. The generation has been selling 20-25 MW in October 2013 from 100 MW last year. This has also resulted in decrease in off-take of agricultural residues from farmers who in turn have petitioned the government. We have to wait and see whether government can bring a preferential tariff to biomass producers
Anant Urja Pvt Ltd is planning to set up a 1.25 MW biomass project in Mendori village in Phanda Taluk in Bhopal district of Madhya Pradesh. The project involves setting up of 2 nos. of biomass gassifier system of capacity of 630 kg/hr and 5 No. of gensets each with a capacity of 250 KW. The project is likely to go operational in Feb 2012.