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Haryana asks Suzlon and Enercon for help
1 June 2007
Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has asked wind companies Enercon and Suzlon, which both develop projects and supply turbines in India, to identify potential projects to meet the Indian state's goal for 440 MW of wind capacity by 2012. The target is part of a strategy by Haryana state, which neighbours New Delhi, to have a minimum of 500 MW of renewable energy installed within the next five years, although it is hoping it can exceed that, targeting 700 MW in all. HAREDA signed a memorandum of understanding with the two wind firms, whereby they conduct feasibility studies and submit a detailed project report within one year. Purchase prices for wind and other renewable energy have yet to be set by the state's regulatory commission, but HAREDA's Sumita Misra says a hearing to discuss tariffs with the commission is due soon. Under the state's existing renewables policy, announced in late 2005, energy generated from renewables is exempt from the state's electricity duty and power purchase agreements must be valid for a minimum of 20 years, with utilities obliged to transmit the power to customers. Companies sponsoring wind projects can either use the electricity directly or sell it on, but if any additional transmission lines are required for wheeling the power to customers, the wind plant operator/developer has to bear the cost. Power delivered to the grid can be virtually "banked" for one year, but it may not be drawn on during periods of peak demand. Once potential projects are approved, companies have 27 months to build them. The government will acquired land on behalf of companies if required.
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