In a bid to encourage non-conventional energy generation in the state, the Gujarat government approved a new wind energy policy today, offering better per unit price to generators for the next 25 years.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi approved the policy to expedite and encourage development of wind power generation activities in the state, said Gujarat's Minister of Energy and Petrochemicals Saurabhbhai Patel, while announcing the new policy.
As per the policy, wind energy generators would be able to sell power to buyers at Rs 4.15 per unit, which in the outgoing policy was fixed at Rs 3.56 per unit, an official statement said.
The rate will stay for 25 years for those selling electricity to the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL) or others, the statement said.
"In order to encourage developers the policy has exempted electricity generated from windmills from paying the mandatory electricity duty," Patel said, adding that wind energy generators would also be allowed to use the electricity in their own factories if located in Gujarat.
However, if generators wish to use electricity for self-consumption at more than one location, they would have to pay five paise per unit in addition to wheeling and transmission charges, he said.
In 2001, Gujarat had wind power generation installed capacity of 150 MW, which has reached 3,147 MW today in 2013.
Of India's total 19,000 MW of installed wind power generation capacity, Gujarat alone has a 3,147 MW installed generation capacity, an official statement said.