According to reports, Bihar has a good potential for setting up biomass-based energy generation plants as paddy husk and other biomass are available in plenty in the state.
Setting up of these plants, in turn, could give a boost to establishment of industries in the state. According to figures provided by the Bihar Renewable Energy Development Corporation (BREDA), Bihar could very well generate about 200MW power through biomass-based units.
Bihar’s industrial policy is tailored to give a fillip to setting up of these plants as it provides for 60% subsidy for purchase of plants and machinery for setting up captive biomass energy generation plants for industries.
State industries minister Renu Kumari Kushwaha said the record production of paddy with application of Srividhi scheme has created opportunities for use of husk in biomass energy plants having a capacity of 2MW or more. Tapping of biomass energy generation potential can help run several industries, she said.
Moreover, she said, if Bihar is granted special status by the Centre, under which 20% tax holiday on excise duty and income-tax is given for 10 years to new industries, it will attract hundreds of industries to the state.
Bihar Industries Association (BIA) president KPS Keshri and its former secretary general Sanjay Goenka shared the minister’s view. They said the industries coming to Bihar would have the option of setting up their own captive biomass energy generation plants, for which the state government is providing subsidy.
Keshri said the grant of special status would set in motion the process of industrialization in Bihar and the BIA was already in dialogue with the state government for formulating a plan for setting up of private industrial areas with the state government’s support for creation of infrastructure. Goenka said a 3MW biomass energy plant using paddy husk has already been set up by a new paper unit near Giddha industrial area in Bhojpur district. The industries minister added that many rice and sugar mills had set up biomass energy generation plants of two to three MW capacity.
An industry department official, B Mishra, said the Siddheshwar rice mill, Buxar, has launched an industrial project worth Rs 52 crore with a 2MW captive biomass generation plant.