Himachal to invest in electricity production from Pine needles


While speaking at a recently held conference on Biomass energy in Delhi, the rural development and panchayati raj minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jairam Thakur laid out the plans of the state to harness the Biomass energy of Pine needles. He said that, Himachal Pradesh has a capacity to produce 260 MW Bio-mass energy.  

Mr Thakur claimed that 8950 square km. of area in Himachal Pradesh comprises of pine forests and about 146 metric tonnes of pine needles can be collected for producing energy. State Government have decided to purchase pine needles from the panchayats at the cost of Rs. 5 per quintal so that it can be utilized for bio energy under Joint Forest Management Exchange Scheme.

The Minister said that the state will setup a bio-mass energy plant for which the state will invite private participation. He said that 7.2 MW bio-mass energy unit had been started in Kala Amb by Ruchira Paper Mill for its captive energy requirements. The use of pine needles will not only help tap into an additional source of energy but it would help reduce the incidents of forest fire during the summers.

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