18 MW WtE plant in Faridkot District under construction

Indian agro-energy company, Sukhbir Agro Energy Limited (SAEL), is building a 18 MW rice straw-fired plant in Jaitu, Faridkot District, Punjab, as Hindustan Times reported. It will commence operations in March 2019 and will use paddy residue that local farmers usually burn in their fields. SAEL plans to purchase 200,000 tonnes of the residue every harvest season, once the plant is operational. According to a recent study by the Punjab University and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, the potential for electricity generation from crop residues in India amounts to 120 TWh, while 24% of the crop residues are burned on fields.

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