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West Bengal : A Trend Setter in Renewable Energy

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12.5 KW Solar Power Plant at
Bangopalpur in Birbhum District.

Mounting concern to arrest environmental degradation resulting from traditional dependance on fossil fuel has shifted the focus world over on to harnessing renewable energy sources. This is high time that we react in right earnest to the need of the hour and make most of our strength and potential for the promotion of renewable energy use. Keeping this in the agenda, Left Front Government in West Bengal has constituted West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA) in 1993 a state level nodal agency under Department of Science and Technology and Non-Conventional Energy Sources. The primary objective was to defuse knowledge in various fields of renewable energy and to promote the use of non-conventional energy sources. Within five years, WBREDA at present, is one of the most prominent agency in the Energy Map in the country. It has successfully demonstrated a few projects and has provided a who listu approach to meet the total energy requirement of remote villages and / or selective utilisation centres by harnessing Solar, Bio, wind and other Renewable sources of Energy. The projects are sustainable, self-contained, eco-friendly and particularly in nature. The advantages of renewable energy sources to India are obvious. The potential of various non-conventional energy and renewable sources of energy in the country are: Bio-gas plants 17 million nos. Mini & Micro hydel 10000 MW Wind power 20000 MW The solar radiation over land area of India is more than the present world energy consumption. Further to this, India has potentiality in Tidal power, Geo-Thermal, Ocean Thermal Energy etc. The solar radiation in Calcutta is around 5.4 kwh/sq.m/day. In West Bengal itself about 10 lacs Bio-gas plants can be grown. The wind monitoring and mapping stations under operation in the state are:

Name of the Station Prospect of wind power generation
Sagar Island Bright
Fraserganj Bright
Haldia Average
Niskasba Bright
Purulia Ayodhya Hills Average

Sundarban near Bay of Bengal, a detail survey on Tidal Power potentiality assessment was conducted, which estimated nearly 100MW capacity. Pitts creek, Durgadwani Creek are the potential sites for tidel power generation.

A few successful projects of WBREDA:

A. Solar Energy

  1. Setting up of 26 kWp SPV Power Plant (Phase I) at village Kamalpur, Sagar Island, 24 Parganas (South) for the purpose of village electrification. Number of consumers about – 100 Operating Agency : rural Energy Co-operative.
  2. Setting up 26 kWp SPV Power Plant (Phase II) at village Mritunjaynagar, Sagar Island, 24 Parganas (South)for the purpose of village electrification. No of consumers about – 100 operating Agency: Rural Energy Co-operative.
  3. Setting up of 25 kWP Grid Connected roof-top SPV Power Plant at Vidyut Bhavan (Headquarters of State Electricity Board) for the purpose of peak saving. This plant operation is monitored through SCADA from WBREDA headquarters (3 K.M. away from Vidyut Bhaban).
  4. Opening of three Solar shops – ‘ADITYA’ at Calcutta, Narendrapur and Siliguri in order to commercialisation, popularisation of the renewable energy based technology, a equipments. In last year the sale crossed Rs. 1 crore.
  5. Installation of SPV Domestic Lighting System – 4000 Nos.
  6. Installation of SPV Street Lighting System – 670 Nos.
  7. Installation of SPV Micro Power Plant in different institutions, Guest Hospitals, Offices, School Hostels, etc.
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BIO Gas Plant at Tangra
Slaughter House

B. Bio-Energy

  1. Setting up of country’s largest Bio-mass Gasifier Power Plant of capacity 5 X 100 kW at Gosaba Island in Sundarbans area under South 24 Parganas district for the purpose of village electrification.
  2. Setting up of more than 100 thousand Biogas Plant in different areas of the State.
  3. Implementation of Improved Chula programme

C. Mini-Micro Hydel

  1. Commissioning of 10 kW portable micro hydel power generating unit for the purpose of village electrification at village Kolkhola, Kolbongkhola, Parenkhola under Darjeeling district.
  2. Setting up of 4 X 125 kW mini/micro hydel power station at Rungmook Ceders under Darjeeling district.

D. Multi Disciplinary

  1. Energy Education Park at Calcutta to educate the common people about the present energy scenario and future energy plan in the context of availability of fossil fuel and threat to the environment.
  2. Micro level Enterpreneurship Development based on Renewable Energy Programme in order to provide technical support to the users of the renewable energy based gadgets in rural & remote areas and to generate self-employment.
  3. Design of WBREDA’s Administrative Building based on Solar Passive Architecture Concept.
  4. Implementation of INDO-US joint SPV programme in Sundarbans areas under South 24 Parganas district.


  • Installation & commissioning of 3X25 kWp STV Power Plant at three different villages (Mansadeep-Khasmohal, Mahendragaj and Gayenbazar) in Sagar Island under South 24 Parganas district with the help of Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources, Govt. of India.
  • Installation & commissioning of 2 MW Wind Farm at Frasergunj under South 24 Parganas district with the help of Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy sources, Govt. of India
  • Installation & commissioning of 20 kWP captive SPV Power Plant to electrify the Sagar Rural Hospital at Rudranagar, South 24 Parganas.
  • 3 MW Tidal Power Plant at urgadwani Creek near Gosaba Island under South 24 Parganas district.
  • 25 kWp Grid-Connected roof top SPV Power Plant at the new administrative building of WBREDA ‘Bikalpa Shakti Bhvan’ and administrative building of West Bengal Pollution Control Board, Salt Lake City, calcutta.
  • Wind-diesel hybrid Power System for the purpose of less burning of fossil fine of Sagar Island, under South 24 Parganas district.
  • 500 kW bio-mass Gasifier Power Plant at Choto mollakhali under South 24 Parganas district.
  • 25 kW bio-mass gasifier Power Plant at Lolegoan under Darjeeling District.
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25 KWp grid-interactive SPV Power Plant at Vidyut Bhavan Calcutta

Tata Energy Research Instittue (TERI) explored the potential of power generation by gasification of rice hush in two blocks of West Bengal – remained Sainthia in the district of Burdwan. WBREDA has received number of awards for commendable performance in this field. The progress was appreciated in the country and abroad. Though, not old in age and experience, the newly constituted organisation performed well, it has opened a new horizon on use of allienete sources of energy and lastly, it could able to involve people in its process of development.

(to be continued)

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