Favoured state for wind farm development

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Madhya Pradesh is still the most favoured state when it comes to developing wind farms in India. Its one stop clearing house, MP Windfarms, for all aspects of wind farm development, from winning subsidies to grid connection (Windpower Monthly, December 1997) continues to be praised by developers. Madhya Pradesh also allows utilities to levy a 2% wheeling charge for use of the grid, enabling wind farm operators to sell power to third parties, and has approved a wind tariff of INR 2.25/ kWh. Furthermore, government land may be leased for wind power stations for just INR 1.0 a year per acre for the first five years. Renewable energy equipment is also exempt from sales tax in the state. The wind industry would like to see a similar approach taken to wind energy by neighbouring state, Karnataka, where the bureaucracy associated with wind development is in need of streamlining, it claims.

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