The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) reported that a 2 megawatt (MW) biomass waste-based co-generation power plant has been commissioned at Bharat Starch Industries Limited (Bharat Starch Industries). The plant is located in Yamunanagar and has been built at a cost of INR152.3 million. The plywood waste will be used as a feedstock in the project. With installation of this project, the firm can generate continuous steam for its process plant and 2 MW of power.

Bharat Starch Industries earlier purchased steam from the Ballarpur Industries Ltd for its processing requirements and was dependent on the grid and generating sets for power.

HAREDA Director Sumita Misra said that the biomass cogeneration is economically viable technology for fulfilling thermal and electrical requirement of industries and especially in Haryana, where biomass is available in abundance.

Sumita Misra further continued that HAREDA is promoting this technology and creating awareness by organising seminars and workshops. HAREDA was also promoting biomass power projects for generation of power, for which the state has notified an attractive tariff for purchase of power. 21 such projects with combined capacity of 189 MW are being implemented in Haryana.