Rajasthan claims proud feat under national government grants program

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Rajasthan is proudly claiming to have scored a unique first in wind power in India by installing all 6 MW of wind power required of it under a national government grants program. According to the energy ministry, a 2 MW project was commissioned in Jaisalmer in August 1999, 2.25 MW followed at Deogarh in Chittorgarh district in June last year. The third demonstration project, at Phalodi, was recently commissioned in a record time of three months. Rajasthan launched its "Policy for Promotion of Electricity Generation from Wind" in February 2000, attracting developers to the state. They are being advised by the Rajasthan Energy Development Agency. Last month the first wind project to be developed by the private sector, a 3 MW plant by Kalani Industries Ltd, was due for commissioning by April 15. Several wind companies are also to start work on private sector 10 MW projects, including Suzlon Energy Limited, Enercon India Limited and Indowind Energy. Suzlon and Enercon are building near Jaisalmer, while Indowind is working on a 10 MW wind plant near Pratapgarh. The Rajasthan energy ministry says it is confident that its target of 100 MW of wind developed by the private sector by 2004 will be realised.

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