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Rice-millers look to biomass-based electricity

Staff Reporter

The husk available in plenty can be converted


  • Seminar conducted by NEDCAP in the city recently
  • Non-conventional energy reduces power bill
  • Some millers of Krishna and Guntur districts contemplate conversion

    VIJAYAWADA: Rice millers in Krishna and Guntur districts are looking to non-conventional energy sources to reduce their power bills. Biomass-based power generation is ideally suited for them They can use the husk available with them in abundance for generation of power and also get subsidy in the process.

    Over 30 rice-millers from the two districts have decided to switch to biomass energy after attending a day-long seminar organised by the Non-conventional Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NEDCAP) in the city recently.

    The millers who where earlier selling biomass to private power generation plants at Pamarru, Jaggayyapet and to many ice factories now want to make use of it for power generation.

    A couple of rice-millers from East Godavari district have converted the boilers in their mills into high-power ones run on non-conventional energy.

    A rice miller at Bikkavolu spent Rs. 2 crores for converting a 550 kw boiler and his counterpart in Nidadavole spent Rs. 50 lakhs to convert a 150 kw boiler. "The millers told us that there was a 50 per cent reduction in the monthly power bill. After working out the modalities, we have found that we can get back our investment in just two years after the conversion," says Gummadi Venkateswara Rao, a rice miller from the city, also vice-president of the Andhra Pradesh Rice Millers Association.

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    The NEDCAP in a bid to encourage biomass-based energy is offering a subsidy of Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 20 lakhs on boiler cost based on its capacity.

    The millers can claim up to 80 per cent depreciation on power generated through biomass.

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